Connecticut Cracking Down On Cell Phone Drivers

HARTFORD, CT (WCBS 880/AP) – Connecticut police are embarking on a crackdown on people who talk on cell phones while driving.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau: It’s A Statewide Effort

It might surprise out-of-staters, but the law has been on the books for six years in Connecticut. But everywhere you go, you can see drivers out on the highways and in local traffic breaking the law, talking or texting on handheld cell phones.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman says all law enforcement statewide will be involved in trying to put a stop to this in the fourth and final two-week crackdown on distracted drivers under a federal pilot program.

“State police, local police, everybody is involved in it this time. Everybody’s gonna be on the lookout for anybody that is talking on a phone or texting,” Wyman told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “There are higher fines that are going to be given out. We’re no longer going to forgive the first time that you’re caught.”

Wyman says that not only are the fines steep, but handheld cell phones can be taken away from a driver who is stopped for using it on the the road.

Connecticut and New York were chosen to participate in the initiative, which federal officials plan to use to create a national program. Since the effort began last year, state police and officers in Hartford, West Hartford and East Hartford have issued about 6,900 citations for talking on cell phones and 348 citations for texting.

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  • Bent Ears Audio Laboratories

    Truth be told, I don’t live in CT but I’m all for this crackdown. Here in Florida, I actually sold my motorcycle and bought a car because of the number of times I’d been run off the road or otherwise monumentally inconvenienced by idiot drivers who found operating their cellphone more important than operating their motor vehicle. If it were up to me, a driver caught with one of those stupid devices in their hand while driving would face confiscation of the phone, $10K fine and a 2 year suspended license.

    • Neighborhood Helper

      The above message was sent to you via text on a mobile phone from a car currently moving at 78mph along I-95 !!

  • StormsNYC

    Um, nice photo, that isn’t evena cop in the United States, much less a Connecticut State Trooper…

    • Sunnyday

      You Idiot, its a picture of a girl not a cop….sheeze, texting issues, you can’t even take the time to read the article

  • mouse

    After the 2 weeks they will be back talking and texting away. The police should watch for cell phone use all the time. In NY if your caught useing your cell while driving you not only get a ticket you will get 2 points on your licence that will not come off,

    • Neighborhood Helper

      “you will get 2 points on your licence that will not come off”

      I think you could get a spray or some sort of rubbing compound and with a little effort I bet those points would slide ride off!

      Just trynna be helpful!

  • JGreen

    I’m sure the latest, 2-week crackdown will succeed and the problem of talking or texting while driving will magically disappear with this operation.

    A very quick review of Connecticut law doesn’t indicate any statute expressly allowing for the confiscation of a cell phone. Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton has recently PROPOSED the idea but nothing appears to have been acted upon yet.

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