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Please Don't Text Me While I'm Driving!

Did you know.....

  1. 16% of all drivers younger than 20 involved in a fatal crash were reported to have been distracted while driving. (2009, NHTSA)
  2. 49% of drivers with cell phones under the age of 35 send or receive text messages while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
  3. 60% of drivers use cell phones while driving. (2011, Harris Poll)
  4. An online survey of 1,999 teens ages 16-19 found that 86% had driven while distracted even though 84% knew it was dangerous. (2010, AAA and Seventeen Magazine)

What to do???

There is a constant flood of information regarding the dangers of distracted driving, yet I continue to see motorists using their cell phones while operating their vehicle. Connecticut law strictly prohibits driving while using any hand held device as is noted in Public Act No. 10-109.

"no person shall operate a motor vehicle upon a highway, as defined in [subsection (a) of]section 14-1, while using a hand-held mobile telephone to engage in a call or while using a mobile electronic device while such vehicle is in motion. An operator of a motor vehicle who types, sends or reads a text message with a hand-held mobile telephone or mobile electronic device while such vehicle is in motion shall be in violation of this section. (2) An operator of a motor vehicle who holds a hand-held mobile telephone to, or in the immediate proximity of, his or her ear while such vehicle is in motion is presumed to be engaging in a call within the meaning of this section."

This is only a portion of the Senate Bill. The Bill goes on to list the fines and penalties as they pertain to distracted driving.

Fines, penalties, accidents, and even deaths are the clearly the result of distracted driving but people are choosing to do it anyway. Please do not be a victim of their ignorance. Protect yourself and your family by driving with a heightened awareness. Leave enough room between you and the car ahead in case you need to suddenly stop. Drive the speed limit, wear your seatbelt, etc... do all of the things we learned in drivers education to protect yourself and your loved ones!

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