Are Texting While Driving, and Talking on the Phone While Driving Illegal in CT?
Drivers may be tempted to answer their phones and respond to texts while driving, especially because it is normal for people to respond to texts and calls promptly. But for the many benefits that mobile phones provide, distracted driving is a serious hazard to drivers and other road users. This is why most states, including Connecticut, have very strict laws against using phones while driving.
Yes. It’s illegal for drivers to text or talk on their phones while driving in CT. With some exceptions, the state’s distracted driving laws prohibit the use of cellphones and wireless devices while driving.
Talking on The Phone While Driving
Under CT law, all motorists are prohibited from using their phones to engage in calls while driving except when they do so in a hands-free manner. This means merely holding a phone to or near an ear creates a legal presumption a driver is engaging in a call unless the driver can prove otherwise.
It’s also crucial to note that this law applies not only to drivers in moving vehicles but also to drivers in temporarily stopped vehicles due to a stop sign, traffic, red light, or road conditions. On the other hand, drivers whose vehicles are parked in a safe spot, such as on the shoulder or side of the road, can text or talk on their phones.
The law does provide several exceptions, including the following:
- Drivers engaging in calls with emergency personnel during emergencies
- Drivers texting with or talking to hands-free phones or while using hands-free tech
- Police, military personnel, emergency operators and responders, and firefighters using phones while driving as part of their official duties
Keep in mind, however, that the hands-free exception does not apply to drivers under the age of 18 and school bus drivers.
Texting While Driving and Using Other Wireless Devices
The law also bans the use of mobile electronic devices while driving. This means drivers who type, read, or send a text message using a handheld phone or other mobile electronic devices while driving are in violation of the law.
Under the law, mobile electronic devices are portable or handheld electronic equipment devices two or more individuals use for communicating. These include devices for text messaging, tablets, laptops, pagers, video game consoles, and personal digital assistants. Navigation and emergency assistance systems or devices aren’t considered mobile electronic devices.
In addition, these restrictions do not apply to emergency operators, law enforcement, firefighters, and military personnel who are acting within the scope of their job duties.
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