Connecticut law prohibits the use of mobile electronic devices, including handheld cell phones, text messaging devices, pagers, personal digital assistants, laptop computers, video game equipment, equipment that plays video disks, or digital photographic equipment by all drivers when a vehicle is in motion (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-51).
Cell phones adapted for hands-free use, electronic navigation devices, and installed devices that provide emergency assistance are exempted. Minors and school bus drivers are not allowed to use hands-free devices while driving. Minors who have a repeat offense face suspension of their driver's license.
Under the law, drivers may make emergency calls to police and fire departments, hospitals and ambulance services, and emergency response operators (911). Authorized emergency personnel are exempt from the law while on duty.
Drivers who violate the law face fines of $125 for a first offense and $250 and $400 for subsequent offenses.