FAIRFIELD — Chief Christopher Lyddy and the Fairfield Police Department will be joined by municipal and state elected officials in support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
Monday, Aug. 3 at 8 a.m.
Front steps of the Fairfield Police Department, 100 Reef Rd., Fairfield, CT
- Fairfield Police Chief Christopher Lyddy
- First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick
- Members of Fairfield’s State Delegation
- Senator Tony Hwang
- Connecticut State Police Sergeant Alex Pearson
- AAA Representative Fran Mayko
The Fairfield Police are encouraging drivers to put down their phone and remember: U Drive. U Text. U Pay.
In support of August being designated National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Fairfield Police have partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31. The “U Drive. U Text. U Pay” enforcement campaign will serve to step up enforcement efforts to catch distracted and texting drivers and enforce distracted-driving laws.
“Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on our nation’s roads,” Chief Lyddy said. “Passing laws to limit distracted driving is a crucial first step, but drivers must know that these laws will be enforced by police, not only for their protection, but for the protection of other drivers as well.”
The Fairfield Police Department and the Connecticut Department of Transportation urge all drivers to put their phones down when they get behind the wheel. If any driver needs to text, it is recommended to pull over and park in a safe place first.
Fairfield Police remind drivers of the following:
- 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 fine.
- 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 away.
- 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.