The Norwalk Police Department is once again cracking down on distracted driving starting tomorrow, September 3rd. The distracted driving enforcement campaign will run though Friday, September 19th and during this time officers will make concerted efforts to enforce Connecticut's hand-held cell phone ban.
"We'll have extra patrols out there throughout these weeks, mornings and afternoons, all sorts of different hours to target people on cell phones," said Sgt. Terry Blake, Sargent Community Services and Public Information Officer.
The state department of transportation identified Norwalk through crash data analysis to have a high number of crashes associated with driver distraction. The National Highway Safety Administration and the Connecticut Department of Transportation will be funding 75 percent of the cost for enforcement efforts.
"The highway safety office has specifically taken these three weeks," said Sgt. Terry Blake, Sargent Community Services and Public Information Officer. "I'm sure it has a lot to do with going back to school, and try to get drivers to be more cognizant with a lot of pedestrian and school traffic going on out there, to pay more attention and put the phones down, wait till you get to work, wait till you stop and not do it while you're driving."
Police say the fine for a first offense is $150 and $300 for the second.
"You'll see us out there," said Blake. "However, we're going to have people who are hidden away, spotting, looking at vehicles driving by from elevated positions where you won't see us, so just because you don't see us there, we're still looking."
Within the last few weeks Norwalk Police issued 220 infraction with 196 for speeding in it's recent back to School Slow Down Days campaign effort.