Beginning on Friday, you will no longer get a warning if you’re caught talking on a handheld device while you’re driving.
Gone is the one-time exemption from a fine for purchasing a hands-free device. A new law is tougher on talking or texting while driving.
“The law is intended to save lives and make our roads safer. The message is clear – two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel,” Gov. M. Jodi Rell said. “There can be no more ‘grace period’ for a motorist caught using a hand-held phone in their car and if you get caught texting – you pay. There is nothing that urgent that is worth a life.”
The law also hikes the penalties for repeat offenders.
First-time violators will be fined $100, second offenses will be fined $150 and subsequent violations come with a $200 fine.