Massachusetts Distracted Driving Law Highlights:

  • Drivers get a single tap or swipe
  • Devices must be mounted
  • Cannot use devices at red lights or in traffic
  • Those 18 and under cannot use phones at all while driving

A distracted driving law is now being enforced in Massachusetts. The new law bans sending, typing, or reading electronic messages from a hand-held device while driving. The Bay State is the last state in New England to enact such a law, but efforts have long been underway. Concerns about potential racial profiling were among the many issues debated during the process. State Rep. Joe Wagner of the 8th Hampden district first filed a bill on this in 2003. Rep. Wagner joined Carrie Saldo in the studio to discuss the new law.