The Governors Highway Safety Association is using the state of Connecticut's laws against texting while driving as a model for other states to follow in combating distracted driving.
Driving any kind of vehicle is an act of responsibility, as all New Haven, Connecticut, residents are probably aware. The requirement that drivers carry licenses also stipulates that they follow the state's driving rules, regulations and laws. Among these laws is a ban on texting while driving. Drivers caught texting will likely to receive a traffic citation for the act - in addition to the harm it may cause to other drivers and pedestrians on the road.
Thanks to smartphones, the world is literally at our fingertips 24-7. We use our phones to connect with family and friends, stay up on current events, play games, surf the Internet, shop and do countless other things.
The past couple of posts on our blog have discussed teen drivers, including Connecticut's graduated driver licensing (GDL) program for beginning drivers and the prevalence of cellphone use while driving among teens.
If you are reading this post, it may be because you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver. Or perhaps it was someone in your family who was injured.
Citizens of Connecticut are right to think that smartphones have changed the way we live. In fact, most people have a hard time putting their phones down even when a lapse in attention can be costly-such as when behind the wheel.
When driving, vigilance is always important. The recent information in the media about the dangers of texting while driving have shown the driving world the detrimental effects of even a split second of distraction. While texting is a relatively new phenomenon, accidents have been caused by allegedly distracted drivers for years. An accident in Connecticut that may have been caused by a distracted driver, leaving in its wake two personal injury victims, is currently under investigation.
Many New Haven, Connecticut, drivers know that one basic rule of driving is "keeping your eyes on the road." As technology emerges, however, motorists' concentration seems to be distracted by other things such as gadgets and smart phones. Such circumstances may not be surprising but the more it happens, the more lives are at stake.
Receiving a driver's license at age 16 is a big deal for many New Haven teens. The freedom of finally being able to drive without a parent is both exciting and intimidating. For many beginner drivers, distractions such as texting while driving are very tempting. After a recent study, close to half of U.S. high school students text while they drive.