Stamford police crack down on distracted drivers

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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.  

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Christine Hall

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7 Responses

  1. Attorney Lionel Hutz says:

    Can we make citizen arrests of every police officer who uses their cell while driving? Fair is fair.

  2. Mondo911 says:

    Why did the city spend money to line intersections and put up “Do Not Block The Box” signs if it’s not going to be enforced?

  3. WF says:

    As we all know, your life is at risk anytime, anywhere you walk or drive in Stamford–

  4. Long Ridge Resident says:

    Steps…
    1.Plant a police car car on Long Ridge Road Southbound
    2.Look for Women in Minivans and SUV’s
    3.Send funds to Pothole and re-paving fund

  5. ChrisR says:

    But if you’re a cop, writing emails on your laptop when you hit and kill someone will actually be used to excuse you from manslaughter charges.
    Somehow their brains must not function like us mere mortals so laws don’t have to apply to them. The double standard is disgusting.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2736376/Deputy-killed-former-Napster-COO-drifting-bike-lane-distracted-laptop-NOT-face-charges-answering-work-related-email.html

  6. Mako says:

    Why not a daily, not a (3) week, crackdown on all moving violations?

  7. James McCarthy says:

    They need to crack down on red light running too. You’re almost guaranteed someone to run a red light in Stamford. Also people blocking intersections. Drivers in Stamford need a lot more policing than just checking if they’re texting.