What are Connecticut's Texting & Driving / Handheld Device Laws?

Connecticut's first cell phone law took effect on October 1, 2005. Since the first cell phone laws were introduced, the state has created additional distracted driving laws to restrict a driver’s use of hand-held devices for texting, calling, and more. This is why it is important to avoid using your mobile device while you are driving a vehicle. Below, we explain Connecticut’s mobile device laws to help you avoid getting a ticket.

  • A person shall not operate a motor vehicle on any public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, driveway, or parkway while using a hand-held mobile device to make a call. If your mobile device is held anywhere near your face, police will assume you are making a call.
  • It is against the law to type, send, or read a text message with a hand-held device while operating a motor vehicle.
  • Drivers under the age of 18 can’t use any type of cell phone or mobile device, even when using a hands-free accessory. Drivers of this age can have their license suspended for using a cell phone or mobile device while they are driving.
  • School bus drivers can’t use mobile devices or cell phones when carrying passengers. However, they are permitted to use their devices in an emergency.

A mobile device is defined as any hand-held or portable electronic equipment that is capable of providing data communication between two or more people. This includes text messaging devices, paging devices, a personal digital assistant, laptop computers, video game systems, or equipment that can take digital photographs. Audio equipment or any equipment installed in a vehicle that is used for navigation is not illegal.

Do you have more questions about Connecticut's texting and driving / mobile device laws? Contact our Hartford team of car accident attorneys to find out how we can help you today.

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