Norwich Police Focusing On Distracted Driving Starting August 1

This article was published on: 07/30/19 7:29 PM by Mike Minarsky

The Norwich Police Department will be conducting Distracted Driving Enforcement beginning August 1, 2019 and ending August 6, 2019.  Our mission and goal of this project is to remind the motoring public of CT laws regarding distracted driving.

Distracted Driving is any non-driving activity a person engages in while operating a motor vehicle.  The three types of distractions are:

VISUAL: Taking your eyes off the road

MANUAL: Taking your hands off the wheel

COGNITIVE: Taking your attention away from driving

Any distraction increases your chances of crashing.  Safe driving requires your full undivided attention because distracted driving puts all motorists at risk.


Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds.  A vehicle driving 55 m.p.h. will cover a distance of one football field in that time.  Imagine driving the length of a football field at 55 m.p.h. blind folded.

Because your safety is our concern officers will be assigned to monitor the roadways during this weeklong event.  Those observed driving while distracted will be stopped and possibly issued an infraction.

Please refer to G.G.S. 14-296aa(b), 14-296aa(d), and 14-296aa(f).  These statues provide further explanation of the cell phone and distracted driving laws.

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