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Stamford Police Crack Down on Distracted Driving

As part of national distracted driving awareness month

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Stamford, CT | Added on May 07, 2014 At 04:56 PM

In today's world where everyone's on their cellphones, some say it can be hard to disconnect in the driver's seat.  

"People need to be connected at all times so I think people just can't let go," said J.P. Dillon, a Stamford visitor.  

But Stamford police Captain Tom Wuennemann says navigating the road and your phone is dangerous.

"Studies show that it's as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than drunk driving," said Capt. Tom Wuennemann.  

The department sending this message to the public:  if you have your phone in one hand, you'll have a ticket in the other.

"Holding something in your hand -- whether you're texting, reading your messages, listening to your messages -- it's all distracted driving," said Capt. Wuennemann.  

The force cracked down on distracted drivers, during the last week of April, issuing 104 tickets at $150 a piece.  It's $300 if you're caught twice.

"We're trying to make people aware," said Capt. Wuennemann.  

One Stamford resident says she appreciates the extra enforcement.

"Not just to get the revenue but just to save one more life," said Jodee MacDonald, a Stamford resident.  


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