FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield Police will focus on stopping distracted driving in town starting Monday. Officers will have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drivers texting or talking on phones while behind the wheel.
Police have dubbed the program “Drive Hands Free or Pay the Fee.” It was inspired in part by an incident in Norwalk this past March, in which a jogger was killed after he was struck by a car. The driver, a teenage New Canaan resident, was charged with using a mobile telephone while driving, police say.
The campaign will last from Monday, July 30 to Sunday, Aug. 5. During that time officers will issue tickets to anyone showing distracting habits while driving. The crackdown applies to more than just cell phones. Drivers spotted eating, reading maps or otherwise not paying full attention to the road will be ticketed.