Police Declare a 2 Week Crack Down on Distracted Drivers
I don't understand why, if you're traveling 35mph or 70mph, you would look away from the road to text someone when you know that it only takes a split second of not paying attention to crash your car, possibly killing someone or yourself. STOP IT!!!
That "someone" could be me or even your best friend! According to CBS News, 6,000 people were killed and a half a million were injured last year due to drivers who were TEXTING! You don't think it's going to happen to you until it does and you're dead.
According to the News-Times, for the next two weeks, police from Danbury, Norwalk, Derby, Brookfield, Monroe, Bethel, along with other area towns will be out in force looking for drivers who are texting. First time offenders will pay a $150 fine, $300 for your second violation, and $500 for each subsequent violation.
Brookfield police Major Jay Purcell said, "The Brookfield Police Department is committed to the tactic of high visibility enforcement of distracted driving laws as a way to reduce roadway crashes due to distracted driving."
A recent study by the Department of Transportation found 10% of Connecticut drivers are either talking or texting on a cell phone, which translates to 11.1 million instances of distracted driving every day, and that doesn't even include drivers on the interstates!
The Automobile Association's Foundation for Traffic Safety found that distractions are a factor in 60% of moderate-to-severe crashes involving teen drivers. The last campaign in April to ticket distracted drivers, resulted in 16,000 citations. Please, don't wait until it's too late to learn this lesson....pull into a parking lot or wait until your home safe before you send that text.