Stamford police crack down on distracted drivers

Stamford police announced a distracted driving crackdown yesterday that will run for most of September.

“Enforcement patrols will be out in force throughout the city of Stamford during these periods, in an effort to stress Connecticut’s zero tolerance for distracted drivers,”  Sgt. Andrew Gallagher said in a press release.

The increased enforcement will run Sept. 3 – 24. The first day will involve spot checks starting at 8 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

Violating Connecticut’s cell phone and texting law can result in fines ranging from $150 for a first offense to $300 for a second and $500 for each subsequent violation.

“When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving. That puts everyone else’s lives in danger, and no one has the right to do that,” Gallagher said.

Connecticut is the only state in the nation to receive $2.3 million in federal distracted driving prevention funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Stamford police release said.  

Christine Hall