WATERTOWN — The Watertown Police Department will be participating in the statewide distract driving enforcement the whole month of April. 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office will launch U Drive. U Text. U Pay., a national high-visibility enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

In partnership with state and local law enforcement and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the campaign will step up enforcement efforts to enforce distracted-driving laws between April 1 to April 30.

In Connecticut in 2019, more than 6,600 car accidents were attributed to distracted driving.

According to NHTSA, between 2012 and 2019, 26,004 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver

The Connecticut Department of Transportation urges drivers to put their phones down when geting behind the wheel. 

For those who need to text, pull the car over and park the vehicle in a safe place.

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