Distracted driving is dangerous. Data indicates that as many as 6,000 people were killed and another 500,000 were injured as a result of distracted driving in the United States during 2008 alone.
In an effort to reduce the number of Connecticut Distracted Driving Accidents, the state implemented laws in 2005 prohibiting anyone under the age of 18-years-old from using a handheld electronic device while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Furthermore, adults are not allowed to operate a handheld device while on a highway.
These laws proved difficult to enforce though, so a provision was added that stated no one is allowed to engage in any activity not related to the operation of a vehicle that interferes with the safety of its operation on a highway. Lawmakers have increased both the fines and license points received for an infraction as well.
According to WTNH 8 News, over the last weekend, police agencies across the state have been cracking down on the public to obey these laws through a ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement campaign. Officers were utilizing saturation patrols as well as stationed vehicles to watch for motorists in violation of distracted driving laws throughout the past several days.
The Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers with Carter Mario Law Firm applaud the efforts being made to keep Connecticut’s highway safe for all who use them!