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West Hartford Police Issue More Than 300 Infractions in Latest Distracted Driving Campaign

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Over the course of both 2016 campaigns, more than 1,000 distracted driving infractions have been issued by West Hartford Police.

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

Photo credit: Ronni Newton

By Ronni Newton

A total of 329 infractions were issued in the second phase of the West Hartford Police Department’s Distracted Driving High Visibility Enforcement campaign, Capt. Jeff Rose reported Thursday.

The two-week August campaign ran from Aug. 3 – 16. Combined with the month-long campaign in April 2016, which netted 751 infractions, a total of 1,080 infractions were issued to motorists this year by West Hartford Police during the department’s participation in the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office’s “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” campaign.

A total of 964 infractions were issued during the two 2015 campaigns.

“One of the goals of this campaign is to promote safe driving behaviors especially with the school year beginning on Aug. 31, 2016,” Rose said in an email.

Rose said that even though the campaign is over, the West Hartford Police Department will continue to encourage safe driving habits and will be adding extra patrols around the schools as students return to classes.

“We will continue enforcement for traffic violations including distracted driving, seat belts, speeding, and other moving offenses,” he said.

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