Wilton police crack down on cell phones while driving

The Wilton Police Department announced it will crack down on distracted driving with another “U Drive, U Text, U Pay” period from April 4 to April 30.

Officers will be looking for distracted drivers — those who are texting, talking on phones without a hands-free device, or other behaviors that take a driver’s eyes off the road or hands off the wheel.

“Too many drivers are ignoring their responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing and deadly threat on our roadways,” Lt. Robert Cipolla, spokesman for the department, said in a statement.

The Wilton Police Department has partnered with the Connecticut Department of Transportation during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Fines can be $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second offense, and $500 for a third offense.