Norwich police plan sobriety and anti-texting enforcement campaign

Norwich – Police say they will continue an aggressive enforcement campaign aimed at intoxicated drivers this weekend and start an anti-texting initiative next week.

The department is participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign with sobriety checkpoints and extra patrols over Labor Day weekend. Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted between 5 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

Additionally, police are participating in the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay,” campaign, an anti-texting enforcement initiative to start Wednesday and continue for a week. The state Department of Transportation obtained $2.3 million in federal funding for the campaign, which will include state and local police departments. Norwich police obtained $15,000 for their enforcement.

Under state law, fines for texting while driving are $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for each subsequent offense.

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