Crackdown starts on texting and driving

DANBURY, Conn. (WTNH)-- A 'Zero Tolerance' crack down on distracted driving got underway Thursday and the chance of you getting caught texting or talking on a hand held cell phone just went way up.

In Danbury by the entrance to the mall, it was going on all afternoon.
         
Similar enforcement was going on Thursday in Monroe, Bethel, and along Interstate-84.

Texting while driving is soon going to start really hurting. That's because in the closing days of the General Assembly Session lawmakers voted to increase the penalties but it also will score points on your driver's license points that will result in higher annual insurance rates.
      
Drivers said they were all for it.

"I see it all the time. I'm glad to see it's cracking down. I mean I have a year old child so it's kind of like a lot of people need to start focusing on where they're going, instead of worrying about what they're doing on their cell phones," said Shaun Piccirillo, Sandy Hook.
      
There will be four, week-long enforcement waves this month, more later in the year.

"I'm happy that they're cracking down on it because texting is ridiculous. I mean, in my opinion it's just as bad as drunk driving. I'm totally against it," said Robert Zerilli, Wappingers Falls, NY.
       
Some studies have actually compared it to drunk driving.

"I don't like it when I see it and I'm glad that they're cracking down on the texting and calling. I see a lot of especially females on the phone during the day," said Sonya Kelepecz, Wilton.
       
For the record, the people stopped Thursday were men and women, and some even told the police they thought it was a good idea.

"It's about fifty-fifty, some people are upset, some people thank you for making sure that our roadways and highways are safe," said Sgt. Rory DeRocco, Danbury Police.
 

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