New Canaan Police Fed Up With Distracted Driving

The Police Department encourages teens and parents to attend a Distracted Driving forum at the high school.


In the age of technology, it is easier than ever to stay connected with friends and family. Anyone around the world is just a text message away. It’s often difficult for individuals to tear themselves away from those hand held devices that have virtually become an extension of our hands.

That constant connection still remains, even as we start the car and turn onto the highway. It is not uncommon to see drivers with phones to their ears and facing downward to type out a text message.

As a response to this behavior, the is holding a Distracted Driving Forum on June 6 at .

The forum comes just a few months after a while using her mobile device, according to police.

“The recent accident with the young girl, that wasn’t the sole reason we’re doing this,” said Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, “but it certainly was a contributing factor. I do like the teen driving laws, but there hasn’t been anything specifically about distracted driving.

“There’s just been so many accidents, we decided to do this forum,” said Ogrinc

Speakers will include Fran Mayko from AAA, Marie Winters Trant from Lewis School of Driving, Sergeant Carol Ogrinc from the New Canaan Police Department and guest speaker Jacy Good, who will share a personal experience related to distracted driving.

Teens and parents are encouraged by the police department to attend.

The forum will be held in the Wagner Room from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Novak220 June 01, 2012 at 02:09 AM
a hefty fine? Most of these kids, that would no doubt be pulled over and ticketed for this offense, would learn nothing because their parents would pay for everything. I dont have a solution besides revoking licenses. If you take freedom away from kids it speaks volumes.
Ade June 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
David Jones - I did read in the comments of another story here on Patch that police and other first responders are exempt from the cell phone law. Dave Pet - For the love of God, please find the punctuation marks on whatever device it is you are using to comment here.
Truth June 01, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I just watched a cop make a sweeping U turn in front of 2 cars, and pull a kid over - the cop was more reckless than who he pulled that is what people should be talking about...seriously some of these guys are real idiots and unsafe in their own practice
cindyb June 15, 2012 at 06:43 PM
New Canaan PD just missed their chance....I was driving to Dairen down South ave about 1:30pm today and noticed the car behind me swerving all over the place, into the bike lane- not to mention tail gaiting me- then backing off. I thought perhaps the driver was drunk- as the teenage girl, in a silver suv, black hair in a pony tail, purple shirt turned to get on the merritt pkwy i saw the phone and her txting. It was terrifying. If I could have only seen her plate number. It was really bad and had any biker, jogger etc. been on South Ave. she would have been the next person having many regrets.
Glen K Dunbar June 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Someone I know got a tix for just looking at her phone on the passenger seat. It was in NY. So, all areas are being strict. Can't blame just New Canaan....at least on this issue. This is one law I am willing to obey too. GLEN


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