April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Bethel Police Department is among the law enforcement agencies stepping up patrols to enforce distracted driving laws, especially near areas where bus stops are located.
Between 2012 and 2017, nearly 20,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted driver and according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 3,166 people killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017 alone.
Wilton Police will also be out conducting high visibility enforcement of distracted driving laws. Drivers who are ticketed are fined $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense, and $500 for the third and subsequent offenses.