Greenwich Police are warning residents to put their cell phones away or be prepared to pay. The bucket truck effort alone on Wednesday netted 26 violators of which 14 were for distracted driving and several for seatbelts.
Police will be paying extra attention to enforcing distracting driving laws as part of the national "U Drive".
"Last year, 113 people were killed in crashes were at least one of the drivers was driving inattentively", Pabst says. That is a 9 percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
"Just a simple text, that five to ten seconds you're looking down at the phone to send that text, that's a time a child can run out in front of you", said Corporal Eric Henry with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
It's also illegal for drivers to text while driving, according to CHP officials. "Don't just accept it because everyone else is doing it".
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.
Connecticut State DOT and Greenwich Police suggest that if you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 71 percent of young people admit to sending a text while driving.
"The theme is 'You drive".
If you get caught with your cell phone to your ear or texting, you could face a $136 fine.
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