OR RELEASE: 4/3/2017
CONTACT: Naugatuck Police Department
Put Your Phone Away or Get Ready to Pay.
Law Enforcement to Stop
Distracted Drivers with U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
Naugatuck, CT— From April 4 to April 30, 2017, Naugatuck Police 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
“Everyone knows texting and driving is
illegal and dangerous, and everyone knows they shouldn’t be doing it—but
we see it happen all the time,” said Naugatuck Police Traffic Unit
Commander Lt. Derek Vostinak. “Beginning April 4th, you will see
stepped-up law enforcement efforts. Officers will be stopping and
ticketing anyone who is caught texting and driving. If you text and
drive, you will pay.”
Too many drivers are ignoring their
responsibilities behind the wheel, and distracted driving is a growing
and deadly threat on our roadways. NPD is teaming up with the
Connecticut Department of Transportation during the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) National Distracted Driving
Awareness month to make sure all motorists keep their eyes on the road
and their hands on the wheel.
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.
According to the NHTSA,
3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor
vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. This is a
9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
An analysis by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety of 2009-2012 data
found that while more than 80 percent of drivers believed it was
completely unacceptable for a motorist to text behind the wheel, more
than a third of those same drivers admitted to reading text messages
while operating a passenger motor vehicle themselves.
right thing—put your phone away when you get behind the wheel. Save
yourself the embarrassment and expense of getting pulled over—or more
importantly, maybe save someone’s life,” said Lt. Vostinak.
Naugatuck PD and the Connecticut Department of Transportation urge you
to put your phone down when you get behind the wheel. If you need to
text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.
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
? 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
? 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.