CT Texting, Cell Phone & Distracted Driving Law Update

2013-03-06 | Jay W. Jackson

Category: Distracted Driving

A smart phone app released in November is aimed at helping to cut down on distracted driving among teenagers. The app monitors distracted driving, whether it’s talking, texting, or speeding. It enables parents to hold teen drivers accountable.  If teens are texting while driving or speeding, the app will send a warning to the teen’s phone and an alert the parent’s phone.  Parents put the password protected app on the child’s phone which prevents the teen from changing or deleting it. The idea is after awhile the infractions will turn into positive report cards.  For more details see: http://thecanaryproject.com

The app includes a free seven day trial. If purchased within the seven days, it costs a one-time payment of $9.99.  After the seven days, it will be a one-time payment of $14.99, and families can add up to 10 phones.

More than 3,000 people a year are killed in distracted-driving crashes in this country, and the use of cell phones is a major contributor.

In Connecticut, Kenneth Dorsey, a 44-year-old Norwalk man, was killed while jogging last spring by a New Canaan teenager who was looking at her high school website—instead of the road. The teenager, now 17, was given a suspended sentence under a youthful offender program.  Dorsey’s girlfriend, Dawn Jeffrey, issued a plea to legislators earlier last month to strengthen Connecticut’s distracted driving laws and institute more severe penalties for those who ignore the law.

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