SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is announcing twin pilot programs for New York state and Connecticut to crack down on drivers texting and talking on cell phones.
The programs announced Thursday for Hartford, Conn., and Syracuse, N.Y., are modeled after previous efforts to promote seat belts and curb drunk driving. Each city gets a $200,000 federal grant matched by $100,000 from the state.
The first police crackdowns will occur in Hartford, West Hartford and East Hartford between April 10-16.
So I’m driving to work, and the electronic message sign on the highway says something like “Phone in one hand, ticket in the other.” (For the record, I think this is a great idea.)
The next thing I know, a State Trooper was passing me in a Crown Vic. His laptop was on and up.
He was looking at it.