- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

NEWINGTON, Conn. (AP) - State police and more than 50 local police departments have begun a crackdown on people using their cell phones while driving.

The Connecticut Department of Transportation says the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY” initiative focuses on texting, but police also will be looking for drivers talking on their phones.

The state is using a $2.3 million grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to pay for the enforcement effort, which will run through the month of April.

Violators face fines of $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second violation, and $500 for any additional charges.

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