12 May

Fatal Accident in Connecticut Raises Concerns about Distracted Driving

Posted by on May 12, 2012

A minor in Connecticut was arrested and faces a jail sentence, suspended license, and fine for causing a fatal car accident while using her cell phone. Criminal charges are pending against the 16 year-old driver that fatally hit Kenneth Dorsey in Norwalk Connecticut on March 24, 2012. The accident brings to light the issue of driving while distracted. Police officials urge drivers to put down their phones and other distracting electronic devices while driving. Connecticut is one of 31 states and Washington D.C. that have current legislature banning the use of cell phones by junior drivers and 38 states strictly ban texting while driving. Ohio is slated to be the 39th state to enact a texting-ban after the governor signs final approval. Ohio’s ban would be a primary offense for teen drivers.

Arizona currently has only three bans on cell-phone use while driving. In the cities of Phoenix and Tucson drivers are banned from texting while driving, which is considered a primary offense, and face a minimum $100 fine and school bus drivers cannot use cell phones at all while operating a bus. 2012 has been a busy year for distracted driving legislature in Arizona. Senate Bill 1056 would prevent underage drivers, with learner permits or class G licenses for less than 6 months, from utilizing wireless communication while driving. SB 1056 was approved in January and passed to the House. House Bill 2312 would outlaw driving while distracted, period. It also would require accident investigators to note distracted driving in an accident report. House Bill 2321 would outlaw texting while driving in the state of Arizona with a minimum fine of $50, or $200 if the driver was involved in an accident.

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