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Distracted Drivers: Cell Phone Statistics

Who would you guess use cell phones more when driving in Connecticut? Men or women? If you guessed women, you’d be wrong.

Despite women’s chatty reputation, men according to the Associated Press got between 52 and 54 percent of distracted-driving tickets in the state in the last six years. This is despite the fact that slightly more than half the state’s drivers are females.

Texting while driving is banned in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Nine states and the District of Columbia prohibit holding a cell phone in your hand while driving.

David Snyder said it’s not surprising that men receive more tickets. Snyder is vice president and associate general counsel of the American Insurance Association, a trade group of 300 companies.

Male drivers are statistically more likely than female drivers to engage in risk-taking behavior, according to Snyder. More males than females are killed in motor vehicle accidents annually, he said.

The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2011 that women were found to use handheld cellphones slightly more than men. However, an NHTSA survey found that 42 percent of men compared to 39 percent of women said they talked more on their cellphone.

Penalties in Connecticut for using your cellphone while driving are $125 for the first ticket and $250 for the second. If you use a phone and you’re under 18, your license could be suspended.

Branford has been one of Connecticut’s towns handing out the most tickets.

Branford police officer Bryan McGinnis said it was no problem finding 10 to 15 violations a day. One driver he stopped, Kelly DePalma, a 28-year-old New Haven resident, didn’t think getting a ticket for driving and using a cell phone was right.

“It’s garbage,” she told the Courant. “I pay for this car. What I do in it, you know. You can get distracted from anything.”

DePalma said the officer who ticketed her was driving an undercover car.

“It’s almost like entrapment,” she said.  McGinnis noted the car said Branford police on the side.

Source: Hartford Courant

Driver negligence such as texting or talking on the phone while driving can result in serious auto accidents. If you were involved in a car accident in which the other driver was talking on the phone, you should speak with a Connecticut auto accident lawyer at Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today.