Norwalk Police Will Check Seat Belts On Route 1

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Norwalk Police are planning to set up seat belt checkpoints during December under the national "Click It or Ticket" campaign. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – For December, the Norwalk Police Department will set up checkpoints along Route 1 (Westport and Connecticut avenues) and Main Avenue in Norwalk to look for drivers not wearing their seat belts under the national “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the department announced.

The department is adding patrols for the checkpoints through a federal grant from the Department of Transportation's National Highway Safety Unit.

During the campaign, instead of warnings, officers will issue tickets to motorists who are not wearing seat belts. Norwalk Police Sgt. Melissa Lepore is supervising the initiative.

The first checkpoint is planned for Tuesday from 7 a.m. to noon at a location to be determined. The department is planning additional checkpoints from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 12. Whether the department plans to set additional checkpoints during the month was not disclosed.

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Tim T:

Maybe its time the police yacking away and texting away on their cell phones as they seem the biggest offenders. iIs called leading by example. It seems each and every time I ride by a cop there on the cell phone. if these phones are paid for by the city we need to get the phones record under freedom of information and see exactly who they are talking and texting and driving with.

Diane C2:

Puh-lease take advantage of these "added" patrols to start going after the texters and cell phone users! They drive right past cop cars yacking away on the phone, in their hands, and there is virtually NO enforcement. (Thursday, North Water, approx. 1:45pm).
If someone chooses to be foolish enough not to wear a seat belt, that is their problem as they are endangering their own lives- I'm sorry for anyone who has lost a loved one for not wearing one - but the people who are on phones and especially texting are endangering ALL of ours lives!
We need stiffer penalities for texting or talking on a phone, including a $1,000 first offense fine and a two-strikes and you lose your license!

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