A bill aimed at increasing safety on the roads co-sponsored by state Rep. John Frey (R-Ridgefield) which was signed into a law this summer by Gov. M. Jodi Rell will take effect October 1.
“Technology is a profound advancement, but when used irresponsibly it is exceedingly hazardous. We send a strong message with this strengthened law – that the state will have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to texting while driving and using hand-held phones,” Rep. Frey said.
Public Act 10-109 makes a number of changes and additions to our current laws governing the usage of mobile devices in vehicles. The new law makes texting while driving illegal. It also increases fines for talking on a cell phone without using a hands-free device while driving. The fines now stand at $100 for the first offense, $150 for the second offense and $200 for subsequent offenses. It also ends the policy of giving first-time violators a waiver if they buy a hands-free device. Read More→