Warning: The above video contains graphic images that may be disturbing. Nonetheless, they were completely staged and are not real. The video depicts the fictionalized aftermath of texting while driving. Video courtesy of Newtown Police Explorers.
Newtown's Police Explorers — a group of young adults who learn from and assist Newtown cops — created the above video highlighting the dangers of texting while driving.
The Explorers program made the video as part of their work with the department, which includes promoting upcoming policework — like the ongoing campaign to cut down on cell phone use among Newtown drivers.
The campaign's motto: "Take my advice, turn off the device."
Connecticut's new cell phone law, which allows reporting of violations to insurance companies, took effect October 1. Texting and using a cell phone while driving are now considered a moving violation.
Connecticut has partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on a series of crackdown operations on cell phone use while driving, with several taking place in Newtown and nearby over the summer and fall.
Police say a regional team is scheduled to conduct texting checkpoints in Newtown Oct. 16 and 17. Upcoming checkpoints are also planned for Bethel, Ridgefield, Monroe, Redding and Brookfield over the next week.