MONROE, Conn. -- The Monroe Police Department and the Connecticut Highway Safety Office are teaming up to kick off National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
In 2014, an estimated 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 injured nationwide in accidents involving distracted drivers.
Monroe police are reminding the public that drivers who are distracted cause real problems on the road that often result in accidents, impacting people's lives. Police are encouraging people to put down their phones and pay attention to the road.
Fines for using a mobile phone while behind the wheel have not changed, but they are steep. A first offense will cost $150, a second $300 and a third and subsequent offense $500.
Police said they hope to prevent needless crashes from happening and people getting injured or killed.