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Stonington police issue 32 citations during distracted-driving operation

STONINGTON — A month-long enforcement in April led police to ticket 32 drivers found to be using a cell phone while driving.

Stonington police, through the statewide “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” campaign from April 2 through April 30, took part in an added enforcement targeting distracted driving.

During the campaign, the agency used grant funding to add additional roving patrols and issued tickets to the 32 drivers found in violation. Several warnings were also issued, police indicated.

The program was funded through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A second enforcement is planned in August to promote safe driving before students return to school, according to Stonington Police Sgt. Keith Beebe said.

According to NHTSA, Connecticut had 304 traffic fatalities in 2016, a six-year high. The number dropped to 278 in 2017, but rose again in 2018 to 290 deaths in 2018, according to confirmed but unofficial data. More data is available at cdan.nhtsa.gov/stsi.htm#.

“The police are reminding citizens not to use their handheld mobile phones, other devices or participate in any behavior which will distract you from the task of driving,” Beebe said in a press release.

“As you pick up your phone while driving, remember how frustrated you get when you see others doing it. Do your part to keep the roads safe.”

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