Under the new rules, people who text and drive or drive while talking on a hand-held cell phone will face a $150 maximum fine for a first offense.
Cuomo’s holiday message to distracted drivers is “the State Police are going to be watching the road even when you’re not and especially when you’re not.”
The legislation approved by the Senate and Assembly applies to drivers with permits and probationary or junior licenses.
Using data from 2010, the study found more than 1,500 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms for injuries linked to using a phone while walking, CBS 2 reported.
State Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean County) introduced the measure over concerns about the rise in accidents linked to texting and calling while driving.
Frustrated by drivers who ignore Connecticut’s ban on talking and texting on hand-held cellphones, some state legislators want insurance companies to know when their customers break the law.
You are automatically 23 times more likely to have a crash if you have a cell phone in your hand, but still, experts say texting while driving has become a deadly epidemic.
A new undercover, sting operation has police looking for drivers who talk and text behind the wheel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said about nine people die every day in accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Under the current law, drivers who talk on a cellphone while driving without a hands-free device face a $100 fine. That penalty would be bumped up to $150.
Distracted driving – talking or texting behind the wheel – can be deadly, as one girl knows all too well.
Drivers in the Danbury area may soon find themselves snared for texting behind the wheel and they may be left scratching their heads as to how the violations were discovered.
The end is near for a tragic case that has led to a greater focus on distracted driving in Connecticut.
New Canaan police have made educating young drivers on the dangers of distracted driving a priority since the tragic accident in March that left a jogger dead and changed the lives of two families.
Drivers on area highways and parkways are being forced to put down their phones and focus on the road. Amanda Kloehr is someone who knows the consequences of distracted driving all too well and is trying to do something about it.