November 12, 2012
Experts say that texting and driving can be more dangerous to motorists than drinking and driving. Despite the evidence of risk, the problem of texting and driving continues to grow in the United States daily.
A press release from the Connecticut Department of Transportation announced the state has been given a grant of $275,000 that will be used to fund a crackdown on texting and driving, and the associated Connecticut Auto Accidents, next year. The release explains that throughout 2013, the department will be working in unison with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as well as local and state law enforcement, to set up High Visibility Enforcement Demonstrations in towns statewide. During these demonstrations, officers will be pulling over and citing any driver who is caught in violation of one of the state's bans on cellphone use while driving. The grant will also be used to buy airtime for public service announcements and commercials aimed at educating citizens on the dangers of texting and driving.
Connecticut was only one of two states that received the grant, which comes on the heels of last year's successful pilot program, called "Phone in One Hand, Ticket in the Other."
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Injury Lawyers would like to remind motorists that using a cellphone while driving can lead to an accident, as it only takes a split second for a crash to occur.