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On October 1, 2013, Connecticut implemented a distracted driving law to combat the use of cell phones while driving. The legislature enacted the law to address the recent increase of accidents due to drivers being distracted by cell phone use.
The law prohibits the use of any hand-held electronic device designed to facilitate communication between two people. It does not, however, cover GPS equipment or TVs used for the entertainment of rear-seat passengers.
Use of a hand-held can span many actions, such as holding a cell phone up to an ear, reading a text message, or texting another person.
Nevertheless, there are some exceptions to the law; it does not apply to firefighters, police officers, or persons making an emergency phone call.
The law is not criminal in nature, but is only a violation. In other words, if caught using a cell phone, a person can only be fined and not arrested. Nevertheless, the consequences can be severe: The first offense carries a $150 fine, the second offense carries a $300 fine, and any subsequent offenses will carry a $500 fine. In addition, the violation can be reported to any motor vehicle insurer, possibly resulting in increased premiums.
If you have questions about driving violations, please contact the experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or at JMaya@Mayalaw.com