Law Enforcement: Be Prepared to pay up for Texting and Driving

Law Enforcement: Be Prepared to pay up for Texting and Driving

Law Enforcement: Be Prepared to pay up for Texting and Driving

"Although we are all well-versed in the dangers of distracted driving too many drivers continue to ignore their responsibilities when they use Connecticut's roadways", said Jim Redeker, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Put away the phone - or turn it off - before getting behind the wheel. Kiefer was hit by a girl who was speeding and distracted driving- the girl was said to be snap chatting while driving making her oblivious to Kiefer being stopped because of traffic. "Compared to the year before, that's a 10 percent increase".

Smyth said there has been an increase in distracted driving 3,477 people were killed killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in 2015.

"Law enforcement would rather see everyone off their cell phones than hand out a lot of tickets", said Rhonda Craft, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. "The cell phone is the main distraction and most obvious one". "When drivers take their focus off the road, they put themselves, their passengers and others at risk".

"It's a text and Instagram kind of world", he said, the inc in crashes, kids raised in a text, Instagram kind of world".

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Texting and driving is more than just personally risky. "Don't just accept it because everyone else is doing it".

In an analysis of data from 2009 through 2012, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that while more than 80 percent of drivers believed texting while driving was "completely unacceptable", more than a third of them admitted to reading texts while driving. If you need to text, pull over and park your vehicle in a safe place first.

Use an app that will block texts and calls while driving. When you text and drive, you are a danger to everyone around you.

According to a media release, if you get caught using your cell phone while driving you will be fined $162.

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