New program trains police on how to spot drivers who text

By: Kristal Roberts, WFTS

Drivers who like to text behind the wheel are the new targets of a new initiative in Connecticut and Massachusetts that trains police on spotting texters.

Drivers in those states may notice officers on overpasses during their training, according to

The $275,000 project, funded by the Obama administration, is intended to train police officers on better methods for finding drivers who are texting.

Connecticut and Massachusetts are two of thirty-nine states that have banned the dangerous practice, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says its difficult to detect when drivers are breaking that rule.

"I look forward to seeing the results of the new enforcement programs announced today as we work to put an end to this deadly behavior," LaHood said.

The program plans to share what they've learned with other states.

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