DANBURY, Conn. — The Danbury police warns: Put your phone away or get ready to pay as it begins a crackdown on distracted driving on Tuesday.
From April 4 to April 30, Danbury officers will be out in force looking for distracted drivers as part of the U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign, a high-visibility effort to enforce distracted-driving laws.
Beginning April 4, drivers will see stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and ticketing anyone caught texting and driving.
"Too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on our roadways," police said in a statement.
Violating Connecticut’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed for this violation can be fined $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense and $500 for third and subsequent offenses.
Remind your family and friends to never text and drive:
● Texting and driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you.
● No one likes to be criticized by a friend for doing something wrong, but it’s even worse to get caught by law enforcement and have to pay a fine.
● Don’t follow the pack, be a leader. When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting your phone away.
● Speak up. If your friends are texting while driving, tell them to stop. Listen to your passengers; if they catch you texting while driving and tell you to put your phone away, put it down.