STAMFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — In the first three hours of a crackdown Wednesday, police in Stamford wrote more than three dozen tickets for distracted driving.

Police Sgt. Andrew Gallagher, head of traffic enforcement, told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams that cops issued 43 tickets for drivers using handheld electronic devices. Ten more tickets were written for failure to obey traffic lights and two drivers were cited for not wearing seatbelts, Gallagher said.

To improve pedestrian safety, Stamford will also synchronize traffic lights for the first time in 20 years, repaint all crosswalks, install more yield signs, cameras and strobe lights, and move all “no turn on red” signs next to signals.

Pedestrians, meanwhile, are reminded not to jaywalk.

Police Chief Jon Fontneau pleaded with the public Wednesday.

“School’s open. School buses are out. The daylight hours are getting shorter,” he said. “We’ve got children out on our school bus routes at 6:30 in the morning, some earlier. So be focused. Please don’t get on that telephone. Please don’t be checking the weather maps as you’re coming into work. Please stop texting.”

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