Boston Road Safety, Part 4: Distracted Driving

It’s been over a year since Gov. Patrick signed the state’s Safe Driving Law, which effectively bans Massachusetts motorists from sending, typing or reading electronic messages from a handheld device while driving.

It’s one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation in the country, and its designed to address the issue of distracted driving and quash the number of car accidents in Boston and throughout the state.


While officials in other states have debated text messages bans, the question that inevitably gets raised is: How will you enforce it? How will a police officer know whether the driver is sending a text or sending an e-mail?

The Massachusetts legislation addresses that by forbidding all electronic communications behind the wheel.

The issue of distracted driving is now being addressed by the

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