NORWALK - Gov. Dannel Malloy has declared Thursday "Don't Text and Drive Day" across Connecticut.

The initiative is part of a campaign to warn motorists about the dangers of distracted driving. One study finds that dialing a phone makes a driver three times more likely to get into an accident, and that texting is even more distracting.

Wilton First Selectman Bill Brennan says there is hope when it comes to keeping drivers off their phones. He says there was similar resistance to putting on seat belts, but that the practice is now widespread.

Harsher penalties for using a phone while driving are set to go into effect on Oct. 1.