The Transportation Department launched a pilot program to crack down on distracted driving, with a $400,000 grant for stepped enforcement efforts in New York and Connecticut.
Police in Syracuse, N.Y., and Hartford, Conn., with grants from the Transportation Department, are conducting high-visibility enforcement campaigns to stop distracted driving behavior like texting or using a hand-held cell phone.
“If a driver is caught with a cell phone in one hand, they’ll end up with a ticket in the other,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
The campaign is running TV ads — “Phone in One Hand. Ticket in the Other” — through April 16. Police in Syracuse will run patrols April 8-April 17, while Hartford’s campaign will run April 10-16.