The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that approximately 5,500 people in the United States died and another 448,000 were injured in distracted driving accidents in 2009 alone. The growing number of these accidents in Connecticut prompted lawmakers to consider stiffening penalties and laws regarding distracted driving.
According to NBC-Connecticut, the state Transportation Committee has scheduled a public hearing at 10:00 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Connecticut, to discuss policies that would increase the penalties for those who are caught using handheld electronic devices while driving. Current regulations state that distracted driving is punishable by a $100 fine for a first-time violation, $150 the second time a person is caught, and a $200 fine for each subsequent violation. The state legislature is considering measures that would double the fines for each Connecticut Distracted Driving infraction and have asked for public opinion on the subject.
Lawmakers in the state have also recently considered adopting a law making it a felony offense to cause a distracted driving accident that results in the death or serious injury of a person.
The Hartford Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm recognizes the importance of improving distracted driving laws and are hopeful the new measures if adopted, will help to better protect motorists from the dangers of distracted driving in the state of Connecticut.