FAIRFIELD, CT – April 1, 2024 – The Fairfield Police Department is partnering with the
Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) as part of National Distracted Driving
Awareness Month. From April 1 – April 30, law enforcement will be looking for drivers who
choose to ignore Connecticut’s hand-held mobile electronics laws. Put the Phone Away or Pay is
a national high-visibility enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness
Month in April.
Nationally in 2021, there were 3,522 people killed and an estimated 362,415 people injured in
traffic crashes involving distracted drivers. In Connecticut in 2021, there were over 5,600
crashes attributed to distracted driving that resulted in nine fatalities and more than 850
“As a community, we cannot ignore the dangers of texting and driving. It’s not just illegal; it’s a
matter of life and death,” said Fairfield Police Chief Robert Kalamaras. “Beginning April 1, our
officers will be vigilant in enforcing distracted driving laws. We urge all motorists to prioritize
safety and refrain from using handheld mobile devices while driving.”
Connecticut law prohibits the use of any hand-held mobile electronic device while operating a
motor vehicle. Drivers who are 16 or 17 years of age are prohibited from using a cell phone or
mobile device at any time, even with a hands-free accessory. Violating Connecticut’s distracted
driving laws can be costly. Drivers who are ticketed are fined $200 for the first offense, $375 for
the second offense, and $625 for the third and subsequent offenses.

The Fairfield Police Department remains dedicated to maintaining a safe community, protecting life and property, reducing crime and
the fear of crime and to performing its function in a manner which promotes public trust and confidence. The Department strives to

achieve its mission through the core values of Professionalism, Honor and Excellence.


While April is designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our commitment to
promoting safe driving practices extends throughout the year. We remain dedicated to keeping
our roads safe and urge all drivers to make responsible choices behind the wheel.
The public is reminded of the following safety tips:

  • When you get behind the wheel, be an example to your family and friends by putting
    your phone away. Texting and driving is not safe behavior.
  • If you struggle to ignore your phone notifications, activate the “Do Not Disturb” feature
    or put your silenced device in your vehicle’s trunk, glove box, or back seat until you
    arrive safely at your destination.
  • If you are expecting a text message or need to send one, pull over and park your car in a
    safe location. Once you are safely off the road and parked, it is safe to text.
  • Give control of your phone to your passenger. Let them respond to calls or messages.
  • Never engage in social media scrolling or messaging while driving.
  • Even when hands-free, do not stream or watch movies or videos.
  • If you see someone texting while driving, speak up. Tell them to stop what they are doing
    because it is dangerous. If someone catches you texting while driving and tells you to put
    your phone away, put it down.
  • Remember, when you get behind the wheel, Put the Phone Away or Pay

By Alex

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