If you're driving you may want to think twice before pulling out that cell phone. The Norwalk Police Department is cracking down on cases of distracted driving in a zero-tolerance motor vehicle enforcement effort.
The Norwalk Police Department has recently teamed up with police in Westport, New Canaan, Darien, Weston and Wilton in a regional motor vehicle task force to combat the problem. The collaborative effort began on Monday and since then police say they've already issued over 20 tickets just in Norwalk.
"People, when they see the marked police car, they'll put the phone down," said Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik. "So it's easier when you have an enforcement effort where you can stand on the corner, watch the cars go by and to just see people talking on the phone or texting and you've seen people on the highway even, with no hands on the wheel."
Norwalk Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik says officers are pooling resources together to highlight not only the the dangers of distracted driving, but also speed and DUI enforcement initiatives.
"We've been doing it from time to time," said Kulhawik. "Either on duty as we did on Monday. We'll also use grant funds to do some DUI checkpoints, seat belt enforcement, distracted driving. We've applied for another grant for that
Officials say education has always been a key component to keeping drivers safe on the road.