Stow Before You Go
All too often Connecticut motorists are victims of auto accidents due to the decisions of others on the road to drive while distracted and use their cell phones behind the wheel.
At Carter Mario Injury Lawyers, we have taken this issue head-on, by creating “Stow Before You Go” and spreading the message across our state through the campaign aimed at curbing the high rate of drivers on our highways and roads who are texting and talking on cell phones while driving.
Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%.
It’s our hope that with increased awareness and exposure on the issue, motorists in Connecticut will think twice about picking up their phones while behind the wheel and the rate of accidents caused by texting and talking while driving will drastically decrease across the state we call home.
Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. VTTI
“If we save even one life because of this campaign, then all our efforts are worth it.” – Carter Mario
Connecticut Distracted Driving Law
In Connecticut, putting away your phone while driving isn’t just a suggestion—it’s the law. According to legislation passed by the Connecticut General Assembly:
- No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any highway while using a hand held mobile telephone to engage in a call or while using a mobile electronic device when the vehicle is in motion.
- Drivers under age 18 are prohibited from using a hand held mobile telephone (including those with a hands free accessory) or a mobile electronic device while operating a moving motor vehicle on a highway.
Knowing and abiding by Connecticut distracted driving laws may save your life or someone else’s. So remember, if you’re driving, stow before you go!
Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Source: University of Utah
Other Efforts to Prevent Distracted Driving
Carter Mario was the first business in Connecticut to commit dollars and time to create awareness of the distracted driving epidemic. Now, we’re doing everything we can to prevent distracted driving.
These are just a few of the efforts we’re making to keep you safe on the road:
- Arrive Alive Scholarship Program Our Arrive Alive Scholarship program awards college scholarships to graduating high school seniors based on projects they create about the dangers of distracted or drunk driving.
- The Get Carter! App The free Get Carter! App for Android and iPhone provides a suite of useful tools designed to help you or someone you love if involved in an accident. With the app, you can capture accident data, call a tow truck, find the nearest hospital, arrange a free taxi ride home, and much more.
- CarterCares Student/Parent Presentations Attorney Carter Mario has spent many hours speaking to high school students and parents across the state about distracted and drunk driving. Carter has said many times “If we save just one life, then all of our efforts will be worthwhile.”