Wilton police crack down on distracted driving

Reprising their July 2015 crackdown, the Wilton Police Department (WPD) will increase  enforcement of distracted driving laws between the dates of Nov. 9 and 22.

Under the state of Connecticut’s legislation, cellphone use while driving can result in a fine of $150 for a first offense, $300 for a second, and $500 for each subsequent violation.

During this latest WPD initiative, “Those who violate the law will be ticketed.” a police press release said, implying that zero discretion will be exercised when administering the penalties.

“However,” it continues, “receiving a ticket is the least of a driver’s concerns that chooses to engage in the potentially deadly behavior of using their phone while driving.

“The ultimate goal of the Wilton Police Department’s distracted driving campaign is to ensure the public’s safety while traveling on our roadways. By educating the public through awareness as well as vigilance in enforcement, the Wilton police hope to gain voluntary compliance of the distracted driving laws.

“As a result, the safety of our roadways will be ensured and potentially injurious or deadly accidents will be prevented.”

According to the state Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated 424,000 were injured in 2013 in crashes involving distracted drivers.