New Canaan, Norwalk, Wilton Police Join Forces To Stop Distracted Driving

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Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton Police will step up their enforcement of new distracted driving laws on Monday, June 16.
Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton Police will step up their enforcement of new distracted driving laws on Monday, June 16. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- Starting Monday, June 16, police officers from New Canaan, Norwalk and Wilton will join forces to intensify their efforts to target motorists who violate distracted driving laws.

The multiagency traffic safety task force will crack down on motorists who text or use hand-held cellphones while driving, police said. Intensive “zero tolerance” enforcement will occur in each jurisdiction.

The "high-visibility enforcement" is intended to call attention to a law that took effect Oct. 1, police said. It allows reporting of distracted driving offenses to insurance companies and increases fines for texting and using hand-held phones while driving.

In 2010, 3092 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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The main offenders of talking without a hands free and texting and driving are the members of the Norwalk Police Department themselves. The penalty for a cop should be that he should be fired. Its called leading by example. However as we all know the NPD is a bunch of rejects that no mall wanted.

Yes Robby the Norwalk Police seem to violate a lot of laws

What did they bust for you? Did you get caught in public with "Raul"???

Robby
You make an excellent point.. The NPD is a waste

The real reason for the "DWI" checkpoint is to write tickets for other violations. Last time I believe there were 6 DWI's and 175 citations.
Its about $$$$ (and safety)

They should use every unmarked car available and snag high school drivers first.

The worst offenders of distracted driving are the members of the Norwalk Police Department. They are constantly on the phone without a hands free and texting while driving. Maybe the penalty for a cop should be that they get fired

While of course texting is insanely dangerous, it continues to amaze me that we have the fascination with "hands free" talking as being preferable to holding the phone. Study after study has shown that "hands free" is no safer than hands on. It is your brain that is disengaged from driving, not your one hand.

I have a simpler enforcement solution. If seen texting or holding a phone, the officer confiscates the device, and the user has to return to the police department to pick up the phone and pay the fine. If you thought you'd lose the phone for a day, you would leave it alone.