Police set up distracted driving checkpoints in Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton

Officials were looking for people who were texting, talking on the phone or using a handheld device while driving. (6/16/14)

NORWALK - Police from three communities in southwestern Connecticut set up checkpoints on Monday looking for distracted drivers.

Officials were looking for people who were texting, talking on the phone or using a handheld device while driving.

The joint operation was organized by the Norwalk, New Canaan and Wilton police departments.

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According to some studies, drivers will look down for more than four seconds when reading or sending a text. That's enough time to travel the length of a football field while going 55 mph.

The fine for a first offense is $150. Some police officials say that's not high enough given the seriousness of distracted driving.

According to the government, 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving crashes in 2012.

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