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Stamford Police: U Text. U Drive. U Pay.

Department kicks-off distracted driving initiative

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Stamford, CT | Added on September 04, 2014 At 11:59 AM


If you're driving in Stamford,  police want you to know -if you text, you'll pay.

"Please don't get on that telephone, please don't be checking the weather maps as you're coming into work, please stop texting," said Chief of Police Jonathan Fontneau.  

Police kicked off the state-wide "U Drive.  U Text.  U Pay." campaign during the city's street smart announcement.  The city received a grant to enforce the state's distracted driving law during September.  

"There will be a series in the next three weeks every day of either four or eight-hour targeted enforcement periods going after distracted drivers," said Sgt. Andrew Gallagher, who leads traffic enforcement for the Stamford department.  

The first day of the crack down Tuesday, police issued 43 handheld electronic device tickets and 10 red light tickets.  In Connecticut, drivers caught texting are fined from 150 to 500 dollars.

"We don't take great pride in that," said Fontneau.  "We feel if we're giving tickets, we're not successful.  Our goal is to give no tickets."

As part of street smart, police are also watching for jaywalkers and drivers who pass stopped buses.

Tuesday, Mayor Martin said, "There will be no tolerance for driving around a stopped school bus.  After one day, we have issued four tickets already for people driving around stopped school buses."  

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration granted 2.3 million dollars to the state transportation highway safety office to fund the texting while driving initiative.  


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