Throughout this month Newtown Police have been increasing efforts to cut down on distracted driving. This coincides with an increase in fines for texting and driving in Connecticut. The first violation is now $200, a second offense will result in a $375 fine and third or subsequent violations will cost $625. The fines increased by $50, $75 and $125 respectively. Over the past decade, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of vehicle crashes on the nation’s roads. Newtown Police Sgt Jeff Silver says people make a conscious decision when they pick up their phones while driving and they are putting lives in danger. He added that there are enough distractions and dangers while driving, calling it irresponsible to be introducing more by choice.