News 8 launches W82TXT campaign against distracted driving


(WTNH) — According to Connecticut State Police, over the past year-to-date, over 4,000 citations as well as 1,200 warnings have been issued for distracted driving across the state. The statute for operating a motor vehicle while using a cell phone for the first offense is $150.00 while the second offense is $300.00. 

Distracted driving, which is inclusive of texting and driving as well as other situations where a driver is not solely focused on the roadway, has become a national epidemic and endangers motorists on the roadways. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released some eye-opening statistics: over 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2017.

This summer, join News 8 and Trantolo & Trantolo, LLC to W82TXT, the abbreviation for “Wait to text”. Take the pledge by changing your Facebook profile photo using our profile frame to encourage others to focus on driving and not using cell phones while operating a vehicle.

Here’s how:

  1. Click on this link to open up Facebook frames
  2. You can select which profile photo or picture you would like to feature with the frame
  3. Select “Use as profile picture”


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