Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices are ubiquitous in today's society. However, an unintended consequence of having affordable mobile technology at one's fingertips is that people in Bridgeport, Connecticut, may use it to text, search the web, update Facebook, read incoming text messages and more while driving a car. In fact, nearly 71 percent of teens and young adults indicated that they drafted and sent a text message while driving. Additionally, nearly 78 percent stated that they read a text message they had received while driving.
Let's say a driver is traveling on a Connecticut roadway and this driver witnesses another driver applying mascara in a moving vehicle during rush hour. Is this distracted driving? Or is a driver whose attention is off the road and whose gaze is fixated on a handheld smartphone distracted driving? Many Connecticut residents may be automatically inclined to say that the latter is definitely a distracted driver while the former may or may not fall into that category.
The majority of states have passed bans on texting while driving. But Connecticut is one of only about a dozen states to also ban all use of cell phones. Distracted driving is among the most serious public health hazards in the United States, and cell phones are a major source of distraction.