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Will Increased Distracted Driving Fines Reduce Connecticut Car Accidents?

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 | Car Accidents, Truck Accidents

The effort to decrease car accident injuries is one that is ever ongoing. Authorities utilize education, road maintenance and even legislation to curb the number of vehicle-related fatalities that occur each year.

Connecticut lawmakers attempt to do their part for constituents by passing legislation that might reduce car accidents in the state. This includes increased distracted driving fines as of 2021, but the question remains of whether it will succeed in reducing vehicle crashes.

Will fines discourage distracted driving?

Among several new transportation laws that passed in Connecticut during 2021 is one that raises the distracted driving fine to a maximum of $625. Certain individuals may see this as a negligible increase from the previous maximum fine of $500. Considering that the cost of committing a distracted driving violation for the first time is only $200, it may be the case that this increase will do little to solve a growing problem.

What action can reduce distracted driving?

According to one study, there is a noticeable accident link between a driver’s age and the vehicle they drive. The study suggests that teenage drivers, as well as drivers above age 65, are at higher risk of experiencing an accident. One implication of this data is that individuals in these groups are more susceptible to becoming distracted while driving. Any legislation which attempts to reduce distracted driving may be more effective if it attempts to specifically serve high-risk demographics.

Distracted driving is a serious issue that can harm anyone on the road. Personal injury resulting from a distracted driving accident can be grounds for legal compensation.