Critics Say New Texting Ban Is Hard To Enforce

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Drivers, put down your cellphones. A statewide texting ban goes into effect today.

Drivers caught texting or scanning the Internet on a cellphone could face a $100 fine for the first offense. And the new law bars drivers under the age of 18 from using a cellphone at all, while driving.

But some say the ban is too difficult to enforce. Among the skeptics is retired police Chief Wayne Sampson, director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. WBUR's Bob Oakes speaks with Sampson, who outlines his biggest concerns.

This program aired on September 30, 2010.

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Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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