Last week, Governor Daniel P. Malloy proclaimed September 19th to be “Don’t Text and Drive Day in Connecticut.” This announcement kicked off a statewide campaign about the dangers of distracted driving and urges everyone to sign a pledge to never text and drive.
On Tuesday, October 1st two new laws in Connecticut will go into effect in relation to distracted driving:
Connecticut's distracted driving campaign is a two-part effort that is aimed at spreading the message to all drivers, but especially teenagers. The first part is a partnership between ConnDOT and AT&T to launch the “It Can Wait” program in Connecticut. This national advertising campaign encourages everyone to take a pledge against texting and driving and presents a powerful documentary, “From One Second to the Next,” that focuses on the stories of people who are living with the consequences of texting while driving. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BqFkRwdFZ0)
ConnDOT will also begin a broad initiative to bring a distracted driving program to every high school in Connecticut over the next three years. The second part of the campaign is the DMV’s annual teen safe driving video contest in which students in Connecticut can enter the contest with a 25-second public service announcement that warns against distracted driving. Students who rank first in the contest will receive iPads from AT&T and Travelers will provide the five winning high schools with a total of $15,000 in prizes.
For more information about the It Can Wait campaign, visit www.itcanwait.com. To enter DMV’s safe video contest (submissions are due by January 2014) visit http://www.ct.gov/teendriving/cwp/view.asp?a=3617&q=425144.