Lawmakers will consider increasing distracted driving fines

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HARTFORD, Conn. – State lawmakers are again considering stiffening the penalties for texting while driving or talking on a cell phone behind the wheel without a hands-free device.

The legislature’s Transportation Committee moved to schedule a hearing on two bills during a meeting Wednesday morning. If either passed, it would be the second time in two years the legislature hiked fines on drivers using their cell phones on the road.

A 2013 bill raised the fines for distracted driving to $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense, and $500 for all subsequent tickets.

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