Cell phone safety, driving home the importance
These days, it's hard to find someone who does not have a cell phone. Cell phones can be invaluable for those business professionals who spend a lot of time out of the office, or for anyone who wants the added peace of mind of knowing they can call for help in an emergency.
Are there laws limiting the use of cell phones while driving?
Connecticut prohibits the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle on a public highway. Violators charged for using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle can face a fine of up to $100. Hands free cell phones are permitted, except by individuals holding a learners permit and drivers under 18 years of age.
Also, school bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone, including those with hands-free accessories or mobile electronic devices, while driving a school bus, except in emergency situations. A school bus driver in violation shall be fined not more than $100.
Are there laws limiting the use of cell phones or mobile electronic devices for text messaging or transmitting electronic data while driving?
Connecticut prohibits the use of cell phones or mobile electronic devices used to transmit text messages or electronic data while operating a motor vehicle. Mobile electronic devices means any hand-held or other portable electronic equipment capable of providing data communication between two or more persons, including a text-messaging device, a paging device, a PDA, a laptop computer, equipment that is capable of playing a video game or digital video disk or equipment on which digital photographs are taken or transmitted. Violators charged for using a cell phone or mobile electronic device while driving will be fined no more than $100.
Familiarize yourself with your phone
Be sure you review all the literature that comes with your phone. Understand how to use its many features including speed dial, re-dial and hands-free options.
Be aware of your surroundings and road conditions
If you find yourself in hazardous driving conditions whether traffic- or weather-related your voice-mail system pick up the call. A few minutes of paying attention, and pulling over in a safe location, could make a huge difference in your safety and the safety of those around you.
Stay calm on the phone and on the road
Don't use driving time to engage in stressful or emotional conversations. They can dis-tract you from driving safely and sensibly, even if you are using a hands-free phone.
Cell phones can be an invaluable business tool or your lifeline in a real emergency. But, remember, when you're behind the wheel, your most important responsibility is safe driving.
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