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September 26, 2013

Police ticket hundreds for texting while driving

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Getting a ticket under the Massachusetts crackdown can be costly. Penalties start at $100 for the first offense and can rise to $500 for repeat violations.

Distracted driving practices, especially those involving cellphones and other electronic devices, have become epidemic on U.S. roads as the devices become ever more popular, public safety officials say.

To date, Massachusetts has joined 40 other states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands in banning text messaging for all drivers.

“Distracted driving continues to endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians and is a plague on highway safety that is not easily defeated,” NHTSA Administrator David Strickland said.

“Massachusetts is leading the way in identifying good practices for law enforcement to detect, identify and cite drivers who continue to text while driving, ultimately improving the safety for all drivers on our nation’s roads.”

For more information on texting while driving and its prevention, including the demonstration grant to Massachusetts, visit www.distraction.gov.

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