New laws have been passed in Connecticut in order to get tougher on distracted drivers. One law will raise fines and change distracted driving citations to a moving violation. The offense will now appear on your driving record, making it available to car insurance companies when they're calculating the rates for your policy. The fines are a one-time fee, but it's the insurance company's ability to raise your rates that is designed to hurt your wallet and really discourage distracted driving. The second law makes it illegal for motorists to use their cell phones behind the wheel, including when they're stopped at a light or in traffic. Both laws will go into effect on October 1st.
Cell phone usage is not the only distraction that can impair the ability to drive safely. Grooming, adjusting the radio, using a navigation system, and eating or drinking are also distractions that can endanger people on or near the road. Distracted driving is becoming an increasingly serious issue, especially considering that 387,000 people were injured and 3,331 people were killed in car accidents involving a distracted driver in 2011. The new laws were signed in the hopes of seeing a decrease in those numbers.
At the Law Offices of Paul Levin, we understand the dangers of distracted driving and the devastation it can cause. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact us at 860-322-5302 to learn more about what we can do for you.