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Watch Out For Connecticut And Massachusetts Texting And Driving Laws

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Updated May 1st, 2021

It is pretty clear – most drivers today still ignore “texting while driving” regulations many States are putting into place like the State of New York. While drivers are ignoring the bans on texting and driving law enforcement agencies are attempting to come up with more sophisticated way to quell the issue with drivers ignoring the ban.

texting and driving quoteDuring the month of October 2012, the US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the States of Connecticut and Massachusetts 275,000 dollars to each State for programs to catch motorists which are texting and driving. It is formally going to be called an “anti-texting” program which is going to include training for police officers to better spot texting and driving and a media campaign to educate drivers of the hazards of texting while driving.

States Ban On Driving While Texting

Thirty-nine states ban texting while driving and ten states restrict the use of hand held telephones while driving. The programs in Connecticut and New York have shown that it’s trickier to identify a driver texting behind the wheel than a driver who is using a hand held cellphone. Some experts suggest states ban the use of cellphones completely since the determination of texting or using the cellphone is difficult for law enforcement officers. For example, drivers may have their phone in their hand pushing the buttons to make a call. Would that be considered texting and driving?

State Farm had a study that showed clearly that youngsters admit to texting while driving, although they know it is a deadly thing. Drivers have been inundated with information about texting and driving yet they can’t stop texting, even while driving. In California, the laws are severe when using a hand-held cellphone while driving yet drivers in the Sunny State continue to talk or text and drive. In some states texting and driving add points to your license and increase your car insurance quotes by as much as ten percent or more.

The State Farm survey was conducted last by Harris Interactive, one of the leaders in market research. It showed clearly that over fifty percent of teenagers with driver’s licenses admitted texting while driving. Another survey conducted in July of 2012, has suggested some teenagers are taking action against texting and driving. The majority of teens which saw their parent or driver texting would speak up and tell the driver not to text and drive.

More Tickets Means Higher Insurance Rates

While most agree that texting causes traffic accidents, nobody has determined how much it costs in traffic tickets, collision damage or increased auto insurance rates. Insurance cover rates are based primarily on a selection of factors, including the amount of moving violations on your driving record and the quantity of claims you have filed. Since the amount of texting and driving continues to rise States such as New York have a point system in place for those which are caught texting and driving which means an increase in car insurance rates for the driver. A citation for texting while driving may be used to help set your premiums. The more negative marks you have on your driving record, the larger the possibility that your premiums will rise.

Jonathan Adkins, assistant director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, explains it will take assertive ticketing to get drivers to stop texting. The aim is to change behavior. It is a corresponding model to the way in which the country modified seat belt us. Help from advanced technology though using hand held communication devices while driving is considered threatening.

Leading edge technology eventually may change law enforcement’s ideas aboutText Later Facebook Can Wait activities are acceptable behind the wheel. California’s “Freedom to Communicate” law will let drivers use hands-free technology to talk and text. The law approves using voice-operated and hands-free devices to dictate, send or hear text-based messages. The reason for California’s new law is for a driver to communicate while driving. Many business people spend time in the vehicles and need to use it wisely. Technology can help drivers be safe on the road, but many States have a long way to go when it comes to texting and driving. California’s new law is going to go into affect January 1st, 2013.

While implementing traffic laws is significant, many motorists do not have a newer car with technology available to talk and text “hands-free”. When it comes to texting and driving many believe the best way to go it to implement California’s model which is to enforce no use of a cellphone at any time while driving since it is easier for law enforcement officers to catch the driver.

Whatever way a State goes to enforce laws the bottom line is this – texting and driving is as hazardous as drinking and driving. According to Edgar Snyder a young driver talking on a cell phone makes their reaction time as slow as a seventy-year-old. Worse yet, answering a text on the highway takes the time to travel a football field or one hundred yards. Unfortunately there are over six thousand (6,000) deaths from texting and driving each year.

Greg Fowler

Greg Fowler

Managing Member of AutoInsureSavings LLC, Greg has been in the insurance industry for 12 years and enjoys rebuilding vehicles. His goal is to help drivers save on anything related to automobiles. Travel and enjoying the outdoors are some of his hobbies. The best way to reach him is at his Twitter or Facebook Profile.

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