The has once again supported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and CT Department of Transportation (DOT) Distracted Driving Enforcement Program. It has been nationally recognized that distracted driving (predominantly the use of a hand-held cell phone while talking or texting during the operation of a motor vehicle) is costing lives.
According to NHTSA research, the younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes. Additionally, using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent (Source: University of Utah).
We believe it is part of our responsibility to raise awareness and change driver behavior to avoid unnecessary death or injury. Please remind motorists to drive responsibly. Should they not, it may be phone in one hand / ticket in the other. Representatives of the Governor's Highway Safety Office, NHTSA, and the CT DOT are scheduled to conduct on-site visits of our morning enforcement detail on Monday, April 4.