Law Enforcement: Be Prepared to pay up for Texting and Driving

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The Rutland Sheriff’s Department says April 6 through April 10 is part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay campaign.

Officials say they will be out in full force looking for distracted drivers during those days.

“Everyone knows texting and driving is illegal and dangerous, and everyone knows they shouldn’t be doing it—but we see it happen all the time,” said Lieutenant Kevin E. Geno.

“Beginning April 6th, you will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and drive, you will pay,” added Geno.

According to a media release, if you get caught using your cell phone while driving you will be fined $162. Texting and driving in a work zone? You’re facing a $230 fine and 2 points on your license.

“Do the right thing—put your phone away when you get behind the wheel. Save yourself the embarrassment and expense of getting pulled over—or more importantly, maybe save someone’s life,” says Geno.

You can read more about Vermont’s distracted driving laws by clicking here

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