Local Police Partner with CT Hwy Safety Office for Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 14, 2016 in Car Accidents
Local police departments have partnered with the Connecticut Highway Safety Office for Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which kicked off on April 1.
Along with approximately 50 law enforcement departments out in full force to catch drivers ignoring Connecticut’s mobile phone laws, the state will spend thousands on advertising. The advertising messages are aimed at convincing drivers to put their phones down while they drive.
People are much more likely to be distracted by their mobile phones at intersections. While slowing down, a driver may pick up their phone, fail to stop in time, and hit another vehicle.
Last year, more than 22,000 citations were given out during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. According to the state Department of Transportation, after last year’s efforts, there was a 7.8 percent decrease in handheld mobile phone use while driving. A first offense for using a mobile device while driving is $150, then $300 for a second offense and $500 for any subsequent offenses.
In Stamford, one local policeman went undercover as a roadside construction worker to catch drivers violating road safety regulations. Three hours into the campaign the officer and four others wrote 24 tickets. The majority of the tickets were for cellphone use and texting. Last year, during a similar campaign, the officers wrote 75 tickets in just one day.
Despite the measureable progress, it is estimated that about seven percent of all Connecticut automotive accidents were caused by distracted driving. However, the number could be much larger as some accidents may be attributed to lane departure or a rear-end collision when in reality, the driver at-fault was distracted at the time.
Though distracted driving is usually attributed to texting, distractions can include eating or drinking, talking to other passengers, using a navigation system, or adjusting the radio. The skilled car accident attorneys at D'Amico & Pettinicchi urge all drivers to avoid distractions while on the road and focus only on driving.
If you or someone you love has been a victim of a distracted driver, contact our firm. You may be entitled to file an auto accident claim and recover damages.