April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month. Texting isn’t the only distraction when driving that can cause an accident. Other distractions include changing the radio station, answering that phone call and grabbing your coffee. Distracted driving occurs any time you take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind of the task of driving.
Who are the serious offenders? The youngest and most inexperienced drivers are the most at risk. 16% of all distracted driving crashes involved drivers under the age of 20 according to Distraction.gov
Here are the laws in Connecticut regarding cell phone use while driving:
- Handheld ban for all drivers
- Ban on all cell phone use for bus drivers
- Ban on all cell phone use for novice drivers
- Ban on texting for all drivers
Fines for cell phone use in Connecticut as of October 2013
- First offense $150
- Second offense $300
- Each subsequent offense $500
Do you know how far your car can travel in the time to takes to send a text? This video below from Travelers explains the dangers.
Talk with your teen drivers and explain to them the importance of not texting and driving. Set a good example by not using your cell phone while driving as well. If you need to respond to a call or text, pull over first, or what until you stop at your destination. No call or text is worth it. We want you to make it to your destination safely.
AVOID DISTRACTIONS: DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE
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