7/31/2018 - 2018 Distracted Driving - High Visibility Enforcement:


Date:              July 31, 2018

Re:                  2018 Distracted Driving - High Visibility Enforcement

Issued by:     Lt. Jeremiah P. Marron Jr.




For Immediate Release



Darien, CT – From August 1st to August 15th, the Darien Police Department along with departments across the entire state, will be conducting a "Distracted Driving - High Visibility Enforcement Campaign." As a reminder, hand-held cell phones or mobile electronic devices may not be used while operating a motor vehicle in Connecticut:

Hand-Held Ban

The state of Connecticut has prohibited all drivers from using hand-held cell phones. This law makes it illegal for all drivers to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone. Drivers are allowed to use hands-free cell phones.

Novice Drivers

Drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to text or talk on a hand-held cell phone. Unlike adult drivers, novice drivers can't use hands-free cell phones. In addition, novice drivers are prohibited from using any other electronic device while behind the wheel. This is also a primary law.

Text Messaging

Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, which is why there is a primary law that makes this activity illegal. All drivers, including adult, novice and school bus drivers, are prohibited from texting while driving.

School Bus Drivers

School bus drivers are prohibited from using both hand-held and hands-free devices, except in emergencies.