Category Archives: cell phone laws

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

connecticut cell phone lawsApril 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:

  1. Handheld ban for all drivers
  2. Ban on all cell phone use for bus drivers
  3. Ban on all cell phone use for novice drivers
  4. Ban on texting for all drivers

Fines for cell phone use in Connecticut as of October 2013

  1. First offense $150
  2. Second offense $300
  3. 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

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

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Connecticut Cell Phone Laws and Safety

 

connecticut cell phone lawsIt’s hard to find someone that doesn’t have a cell phone these days.  They have become part of our everyday lives whether for work or personal use.  But we must be safe when using our cell phones. We need to be aware of the laws and abide by them.

Connecticut prohibits the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle on a public highway.  Effective Oct. 1, 2013 Connecticut also prohibits the use of cell phones while operating a commercial motor vehicle on a public highway. Hands-free cell phones are permitted, except by individuals holding a learners permit and drivers under the age of 18.

School bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone, including those with hands-free accessories or mobile electronic devices, while driving a school bus except in an emergency.  School bus drivers in violation face the same fines as all other operators.

Connecticut also prohibits the use of cell phones or mobile electronic devised use to transmit text messages or electronic data while operating a motor vehicle.  As of Oct. 1, 2013 this will also apply to operators of a commercial vehicle.

What are the penalties?

Violators charged for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle can face a fine of up to $100 for the first violation, $150 for a second violation and $200 for a third or subsequent violation.  As of Oct. 1, 2013, these fines will increase.  The new fines will be as follows: $150 for first violation, $300 for second violation and $500 for a third violation.  These will also appear on your motor vehicle record.

Are you willing to pay theses fines just to use your cell phone?  It can wait till you’ve reached your destination to make that call or return that text. We want you to be safe and aware while driving.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

Protecting YOU is our Job