State considering reporting cellphone tickets to insurers

State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would let car insurance companies know which drivers have been caught using their cell phones while driving.

State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would let car insurance companies know which drivers have been caught using their cell phones while driving. (5/6/13)

HARTFORD - State lawmakers are proposing a bill that would let car insurance companies know which drivers have been caught using their cellphones while driving.

The move could lead to higher insurance premiums for people ticketed for talking or texting behind the wheel. Lawmakers say the bill would also increase distracted driving fines.

Dawn Jeffery, an advocate for the legislation, says the bill might encourage drivers to put down their phones while driving. Her boyfriend, Ken Dorsey, was killed by a driver who was accessing her school’s webpage while behind the wheel.

“We need to educate on distracted driving, but you have to have the laws in place,” said Jeffery.

State Sen. Toni Boucher says she expects the bill to be brought up for a vote before the end of this legislative session.

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