Driving while distracted is a huge issue in Connecticut. State lawmakers often create laws to combat serious issues such as this. One of the top causes of distracted driving these days is the use of cell phones. Cell phones are very distracting. You may think glancing down for a couple seconds cannot possibly cause any problems, but taking your eyes away from the road for just a brief time increases your chances of getting into an accident. Most accidents happen in a matter of seconds, so every second counts when it comes to staying safe.
With that in mind, the Department of Motor Vehicles explains the state laws for cell phone use behind the wheel. The general rule is you cannot use any type of mobile device when you are driving. This rule stands firm for drivers under the age of 18, but if you are over 18, you can use your mobile device with a hands-free accessory. Do keep in mind, other activities that involve touching or using the device without a hands-free accessory are illegal.
In addition, the law applies at any time you are on the road and not parked. This includes when you stop at lights or signs and if you are stopped in traffic.
The only exceptions are for emergency personnel. Ambulance drivers, law enforcement and firefighters do not have to abide by the no cell phone use law. In addition, if there is an emergency situation, anyone may use their cell phone to place an emergency call for assistance.