Text With One Hand, Ticket In The Other

July 10, 2013 at 9:27 AM | Posted in Auto, Laws, Regulations, Safety Tips | Leave a comment
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In 2010 Massachusetts passed a law banning the following:

  • Cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers
  • Cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for drivers younger than 18
  • Texting for all drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded Massachusetts $275,000 in federal grant funds to aid in the enforcement of the Safe Driving Law. Massachusetts is now rolling out a pilot project called “Text With One Hand, Ticket In The Other.” This project will allow State Police to observe distracted driver behaviors through proven enforcement strategies.

“Text With One Hand, Ticket In The Other” will take place in two- to four-week intervals during the next two years, with the first installment running through June 29. The communities that are subjects of the pilot program include Andover, Dracut, Dunstable, Lawrence, Lowell, Methuen, North Andover, North Reading, Reading, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Wilmington.

Most states now have cell phone laws in place that either ban talking, texting, or both. For a complete listing of what is banned in each state go to:  http://www.iihs.org/laws/cellphonelaws.aspx

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