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TEXTING WHILE DRIVING WILL BE HIGH RISK AND HIGH FINE

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING WILL BE HIGH RISK AND HIGH FINE

State Police  in Connecticut are cracking down on motorists who text or use a hand-held cellphone while driving.

Authorities call it ``high-visibility enforcement'' intended to call attention to a law that took effect Oct. 1. It allows reporting of distracted driving offenses to insurance companies and increases fines for texting and using hand-held phones while driving.

Officials say the crackdown is scheduled through Tuesday.

The legislature first enacted a law in 2005 banning the use of cell phones without a hands-free device. Top lawmakers have said they were dismayed to see motorists still texting and driving or talking on a hand-held cellphone without a hands-free device.

Fines are now $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense and $500 for a third or subsequent offense.

 

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