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Connecticut Toughens Distracted Driving Laws

July 24, 2013

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law two bills that will place higher penalties and tougher restrictions on the use of cell phones and other handheld electronic devices while driving. The new laws take effect Oct. 1.

Beginning October, the fine levied for cell phone use while driving rises from $125 to $150 for the first offense. The penalty for a second offense jumps from $250 to $300. The fine for a third offense rises from $400 to $500.

In addition, one of the new laws makes it illegal to use a handheld device even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic or stopped at a signal light.

To learn more about the new laws, click here to read an article in the Hartford Courant or to watch a video from Fox News Connecticut.


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  1. 1. Angelo [ October 29, 2013 @ 07:46AM ]

    OK, Everyone please join in and demand that your insurance company lower your automobile insurance by 25% immediately. The 25% number was used to justify the new distracted driving laws. The statement that 25% of all accidents involved the use of a mobile phone device while driving my not be accurate.

    I don't believe anyone should text and drive, but simply touching the phone to unlock using your finger print for the purpose of using hands-free should not be illegal. Yes, to simply access certain SIRI functions is now illegal. All business travelers function joining conference calls, listening to where the next meeting is located, using the phone for navigation. We live in a demanding world, meeting change on demand and even while your in motion. Access to all this information from hands-free is now illegal if you work for a large corporation that demands certain security levels on mobile devices. It's not realistic to pull over every 5 minutes to unlock a phone to use hands-free functions. It's not safe to remove security on your phone to accommodate this new law. You put your company and even government agencies at risk. We live in a mobile world now and the solutions are imperative to productivity.

    I've never sued anyone or any organization, but this time I feel the need to push this issue into the courts. I feel the mobile user community should join together and form a class action lawsuit since; this "No Handheld" law will inhibit basic business functions or adversely affect security. Lawmakers are passing laws on technology they don't understand, instead of working on solutions. It would make more sense to pass laws that mandate automobile manufactures adhere to safety features working hand in hand with mobile devices. Steering wheel or console should have all the controls needed at your fingertips. Instead the automobile industry is 5-7 years behind technology.

    Police Officers and Emergency Responders:
    I appreciate what you do for us, but the new laws should apply to everyone, including police and emergency responders. If this means that every police car or emergency vehicle should have 2 people then lets do it and make the roads safe for everyone! Please fight back, don't take this lightly. If you see emergency responders using a cell phone while driving, take a video and post it on YouTube. This deserves media attention.

    Here is what is needed to accommodate the new laws:

    1) Technology packages that fully integrate fingerprint readers and password authentication from the steering wheel or console in EVERY vehicle manufactured, This should be a basic feature just like brakes.

    2) Mandate that all rental car companies have vehicles available for complete hands-free safe operation in all vehicles. A Bluetooth device you place in your ears is equally dangerous since it will require the user to take their hands off the wheel. If this is about safety, then lets address the issues.

    3) Put pressure on Apple and Google to make all mobile devices COMPLETELY hands-free. Today's technology is partially enabled. I personally like these companies, but they should be working ahead of the laws and putting pressure on lawmakers to work in harmony with the technology.

    It's time for each and every one of you to demand the above. We should settle for nothing less. When election time rolls around, just remember what these nice politicians and lawmakers did for you by passing laws that hurt your pocket instead of forcing the industry to keep up with technology!!


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