New law to increase fines against distracted drivers by up to $100 per offense

A new law is set to go into effect Tuesday that will bring about higher fines for distracted drivers. The legislation will increase the fines

The law is set to go into effect on Tuesday.

The law is set to go into effect on Tuesday. (9/30/13)

FAIRFIELD - A new law is set to go into effect Tuesday that will bring about higher fines for distracted drivers.

The legislation will increase the fines for first offenses by $25, second offenses by $50 and all subsequent offenses by $100. Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara says drivers will even be fined if they're caught on their cellphones at a red light.

"You can't assume that because you're stopped at a red light that your attentiveness all of a sudden drops," says McNamara.

Some motorists say the law has good intentions, while others say it will still fail to deter people from using their phones behind the wheel.

As part of the measure, distracted driving infractions will also go on a driver's record.
 

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