Capitol Watch’s Daniela Altimari reports in today’s Courant that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed two new laws that could make it a lot more expensive to use your phone while trying to dodge traffic.
It’s already illegal to use a handheld device while on the road in Connecticut, but starting Oct. 1 the fine for that offense goes up and drivers who talk or tap the keys while behind the wheel could also see their car insurance rates go up. The other law Malloy signed means that drivers could face those penalties even when their car isn’t moving.
Supporters say the goal of the new measures is to make Connecticut’s roads safer. Federal traffic statistics showed that thousands of deadly crashes across the country last year involved a distracted driver. And some anti-texting advocates even say that efforts to curb phone use on the road will be like the campaign to discourage drunken driving.
Here’s one texting while driving PSA created in 2011 by the Ad Council: