Darien police are participating in an enforcement program for distracted driving, including in particular drivers on cell phones while they’re driving. The program starts on Wednesday, Aug. 1, Police Chief Ray Osborne said.
“We’ll have extra officers on patrol looking for cell phone violations,” Osborne said at a recent Police Commission meeting. The enforcement campaign will run for two weeks.
At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting with town government department heads last Tuesday, Osborne said his department applied for and received a state Department of Transportation grant to pay police officers to conduct extra patrols for distracted driving violations.
“So don’t talk on your cell phone,” he said. The audience laughed.
Selectman Susan Marks said: “It always amazes me when I pass people [on the road]. They’re not even trying to conceal the fact — I mean, they’re literally holding their phone up [to an ear], whether they’re stuck in traffic or driving.”
Osborne replied: “I see it all the time. Disturbing. Causes accidents.
“That’s why we applied for the grant, and hopefully we’ll make a little bit of a dent in it.”
The Police Department typically makes an announcement about stepped-up enforcement campaigns just before they start.