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Traffic Safety Task Force to Stop Distracted Driving


New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton Police Coordinate
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Norwalk, CT | Added on June 11, 2014 At 03:24 PM

According to a release from the Norwalk Police Department, distracted driving is the most significant threat to traffic safety we have seen in many years and the best way to end distracted driving is to educate motorists about the danger it poses and to strictly enforce Connecticut’s distracted driving laws. 

On Monday, June 16, 2014, New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton Police Officers will join forces and intensify their efforts to target motorists who violate distracted driving laws. Intensive “zero tolerance” enforcement will occur in each jurisdiction.

This multi-agency traffic safety task force will crack down on motorists who text or use a hand-held cellphone while driving. This "high-visibility enforcement" is intended to call attention to a law that took effect Oct. 1.  It allows reporting of distracted driving offenses to insurance companies and increases fines for texting and using hand-held phones while driving.

The Norwalk Police Department list several facts about the dangers of distracted driving.

In Connecticut, the use of a handheld cellular telephone or other electronic device is banned for all drivers and the use of a cellular telephone (handheld and hands-free) is banned for bus drivers. In addition, texting while driving is banned for all drivers and fines are now $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense and $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

For more information, visit www.norwalkpd.com


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