HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The girlfriend of a Norwalk jogger who was struck and killed last year by a teenage driver is urging Connecticut lawmakers to toughen state laws and embark on a public awareness campaign that better educates people about the dangers of distracted driving.
Dawn Jeffrey told members of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee on Monday that the death of her boyfriend, 44-year-old Kenneth Dorsey, was preventable, unnecessary and devastating — for both Dorsey’s family and the family of the 17-year-old driver.
Lawmakers are considering a bill that would double fines for talking on cell phones without hands-free devices, texting and other cell phone use while driving. There was some debate about whether police are less likely to impose the higher fines.
Some lawmakers also discussed possibly confiscating phones of scofflaws.