Texting and Driving

Accidents caused by teens texting and driving are heartbreaking but preventable.
Texting and Driving. Is it worth it? Know the Law.

SURVEY

In a survey by AT&T, almost half of adults admitted to texting while driving. About 49% of adults say they’ve sent a text while behind the wheel, compared to 43% of teens in a survey from April 2013. The survey and report is part of AT&T’s "It Can Wait" campaign, designed to discourage texting while driving.


STATE LAW

  • All Connecticut drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones while driving. 
  • All Connecticut drivers are prohibited from texting.


EXCEPTIONS FOR EMERGENCIES

Exceptions to the rule exist for emergency calls and calls made while using a hands-free device.

FINES

  • If a driver is stopped for using a handheld cell phone, the fine for a 1st offense is $125 and a 2nd offense is a fine of $250. Subsequent offenses will cost the offender $400. 
  • The fines for texting are $100, $150, and $200 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd offenders.

TEEN DRIVER CONSEQUENCES

 If a teen driver is ticketed for using a cell phone or text messaging the following penalties will be applied
  • 1st offense: 30 day license suspension and a $125 license restoration fee plus court fines
  • 2nd offense and all subsequent offenses: a 6-month suspension or until the teen driver reaches the age of 18, whichever is longer. 
  • $125 license restoration fee, plus court fines


ALLOWANCES FOR ADULTS

  •  Abstinence (don’t use a cell phone while driving)
  •  Bluetooth wireless device
  •  Installed car kit
  •  Speaker phone
  •  Wired headset