During the month of April, the Darien Police Department, along with departments across the entire state, will be conducting a Distracted Driving High Visibility Enforcement campaign. As a reminder, hand-held cell phones or mobile electronic devices may not be used while operating a motor vehicle in Connecticut:

The state of Connecticut has prohibited all drivers from using hand-held cell phones. This is a primary law, which 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.

Unlike adult drivers, drivers under the age of 18 are considered novice drivers and 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.

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

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.