Darien Police join don't text and drive campaign in next two weeks

From Aug. 1 to Aug. 15., the Darien Police Department along with departments across the entire state, will be conducting a distracted driving high visibility enforcement campaign as a part of the “U DRIVE. U TEXT. U PAY.” initiative. As a reminder, handheld cell phones and mobile electronic devices may not be used while operating a motor vehicle in Connecticut.

Hands-free devices
The state of Connecticut has prohibited all drivers from using handheld cell phones. The law makes it illegal for all drivers to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone. Drivers are allowed to use hands-free cell phones.

Novice Drivers
Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to text or talk on a handheld cell phone. Unlike adult drivers, teen drivers can't use hands-free cell phones. In addition, novice drivers are prohibited from using any other electronic device while behind the wheel. This is also a primary law.

Text Messaging
Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, which is why there is a primary law that makes this activity illegal. All drivers, including adult, novice and school bus drivers, are prohibited from texting while driving.

School Bus Drivers
School bus drivers are prohibited from using both handheld and hands-free devices, except in emergencies. This is a primary law, as well.