- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Augusta Police Department says officers in Maine’s capital city will be more focused on cracking down on distracted driving from now until September.

Sgt. Christian Behr says extra patrols dedicated to limiting distracted driving will be deployed thanks to an $8,500 grant the department received from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

Police say the program looks to curb texting while driving and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle, both of which are violations in the state.

Officers involved with the program will conduct traffic details and educate residents through high visibility enforcement.

Behr says the initiative is part of the department’s mission to reduce the numbers of accidents in both Augusta and statewide.

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