NEW CANAAN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – New Canaan police have made educating young drivers on the dangers of distracted driving a priority since the tragic accident in March that left a jogger dead and changed the lives of two families.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

The state of Connecticut is seeking seeking extra federal dollars, which Police Chief Edward Nadriczny says would help police bring the message home to drivers.

He says most of them are oblivious to the dangers of texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving, or doing something else that takes your focus off the road.

“Quite honestly, we can’t figure out why people just aren’t getting that. Maybe it’s just become too much of a way of life,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

“This is kind of like the seat belt issue. Everybody knows it’s good for them to wear their seat belt and it took us a long time to get to 85 or 90 percent compliance,” he added.

Meanwhile, the young teenage girl who struck and killed the jogger in New Canaan is awaiting trial on a charge of negligent homicide with a vehicle, a charge that carries a penalty of six months in prison.

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