A distracted driver may not think that he or she is doing anything wrong, but any type of activity that prevents someone from totally focusing on the road is inherently dangerous. Distracted driving has led to countless motorcycle and automobile accidents throughout the state, and these crashes have resulted in motorists' deaths and passengers and drivers who wind up being seriously injured. Recently, Connecticut police departments have completed a month-long crackdown that they hope will raise the public's awareness about this important issue.
More than 50 police agencies in the state of Connecticut took part in the "U Drive, U Text, U Pay" campaign that was designed to raise public awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. Working with the State Department of Transportation, police set up checkpoints on many of the state's roadways. Many officers were stationed on overpasses and used binoculars to look at approaching cars. If they observed examples of distracted driving, such as drivers using their cell phones, they would radio ahead to other officers who would then pull over the appropriate vehicle.
Some of the officers were stunned by some of the driving behavior that they witnessed. Some drivers were observed "lap texting" while driving, which means that they were looking down at their phone which was placed on their lap and texting at the same time. Police said that they also saw many drivers looking at their Facebook page while they were driving. Fines for first time offenders were $150 and $300 for second violations. Anyone who received a third violation received a fine for $500.
Distracted drivers can be a danger for other motorists and motorcyclists who are also on the road. However, any Connecticut resident who has been injured because of a distracted driver may want to speak with a personal injury attorney in order to explore their legal options.
Source: Hartford Courant, "Distracted driving crackdown: Admissions, protests and lies," Jesse Leavenworth and Bill Leukhardt, April 30, 2016