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Put down the cellphone while driving in Massachusetts

Gov. Baker urges lawmakers to pass ban on handheld devices

November 22, 2017 - 8:09 am

Massachusetts could become the next state to ban talking and driving. Governor Charlie Baker is calling on lawmakers to make using handheld devices while driving illegal. Currently, only texting and driving is against the law in Massachusetts. Baker says people need to use hands-free technology or pull over to call, text or program the GPS.

The Governor made the comments during an event promoting safe driving over the holidays, adding it is clear there has been an increase in accidents on Bay State roads.

The U.S. Department of Transportation shows 389 fatalities on Massachusetts roads in 2016, that is up nearly 13 percent from the 345 fatalities in 2015. The Senate passed a bill in July, the issue is pending in the House.

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