The Growing Movement Against Cell Phone Use in Cars

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Recently, three states adopted strict policies against cell phone use while driving. In Tennessee, drivers won’t be able to hold their phone while driving – regardless of whether they’re using the phone  for any actual purpose. Minnesota will enact a similar law in August and Illinois will do the same later this summer.

However, Connecticut already set a strong precedent against cell phone use over three years ago; the state’s law does not allow drivers to use a hand-held cell phone or electronic device while driving, including stopped at a traffic light.

“Use” means holding a hand-held mobile telephone to, or in the immediate proximity of, the user’s ear. In other words, you just can’t even hold a cell phone while driving.

With more states following Connecticut’s lead, it means more drivers will have to find ways to keep both hands on the wheel and still take calls or follow navigation. Luckily, technology has made safe driving easier.

Cell phone car mount

The easiest way to keep your hands off the smartphone is to mount it away from you. Almost every large retailer carries specific car mounts for Apple, Samsung and Google phones, and the mount keeps the phone out of your lap and easily accessible if needed. For example, a mount allows drivers to follow directions on an app without losing sight of the road.

Voice-activated phone functions

Most cellphone providers include new technologies to operate your phone without using your hands. The most well-known technology is voice-activation programs, such as Siri or Google. These programs allow you to activate functions of your phone through voice command, similar to Amazon’s Alexa in the house. They are an excellent tool for sending texts or making calls while driving.

Any technology that incorporates Bluetooth

Many newer cars have built-in Bluetooth that connects your phone to your car’s stereo. Similar to the voice-activated cell phones, built-in Bluetooth allows the driver to make calls without touching a button. Most cars even will enable you to play music or podcasts through the Bluetooth function. If your vehicle doesn’t have Bluetooth built-in, there are you can purchase devices such a sun visor clips or headsets in order to use a phone hands free.

While these technologies will help reduce cell phone distractions, they don’t guarantee that accidents won’t happen on Connecticut roads. If you are seriously injured in a car accident, contact the police, and seek immediate medical attention. If you believe that your injuries are serious enough to significantly impact your life and your work, you should then consult with an experienced Connecticut personal injury law firm such as the Maddox Law Firm.