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Connecticut police step up enforcement of distracted driving

Distracted driving has become a national problem, and Connecticut is not immune from its dangers. Far too many drivers in the state have been using their cellphones and other devices while driving, which has led to many accidents. These accidents have killed a number of residents, and left others seriously injured. Now area authorities have once again stepped up efforts to curb this dangerous activity.

Connecticut police have increased their attempts to try and stop distracted driving throughout the state. For the next several weeks, additional law enforcement officials will be traveling in unmarked cars looking for drivers who are practicing distracted driving and using their cellphones. The current effort is a continuation of a campaign that took place last April. Authorities handed out over 300 summonses back then.

According to recent data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, accidents caused by distracted driving killed 3,154 people in 2013. These crashes also were responsible for over 400,000 injuries. Officials are using a variety of methods to spot drivers who are using their cellphones or practicing other types of distracted driving. They are even using spotters with binoculars on highway overpasses. A federal grant is paying the salary for these officers while they are on duty.

According to one local official, distracted drivers consist of all types of individuals, but that the highest frequency of summonses in the state was given to female drivers who were in their late teens or early 20s. Fines for distracted driving start at $150 for the first offense and rise to $300 for the second. Subsequent fines are $500.

Recovering from any automobile or motorcycle accident is difficult enough. However, if distracted driving on the part of the other individual has been determined, an accident victim may want to seek the advice from an experienced personal injury attorney in order to fully understand his or her legal options.

Source: Hartford Courant, "Bristol police join state crackdown on distracted driving," Don Stacom, Aug. 3, 2015

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