Distracted Driving: What's At Risk When You're Behind The Wheel

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An man works his phone as he drives through traffic. (LM Otero/AP)
An man works his phone as he drives through traffic. (LM Otero/AP)

Massachusetts lawmakers are getting close to voting on a bill that would ban cell phone use in cars — unless the phone can be operated hands-free. It's already illegal to text and drive in the state, but the law is difficult to enforce because if police see someone using a phone while driving, they can't be sure if they're texting, or just placing a call.

Fourteen states have already passed laws that ban the use of hand-held phones while driving, including Vermont and New Hampshire just last year. And, safety advocates say it's time for Massachusetts to do the same.


Dan Strollo, executive director of the In Control Family Foundation, which tweets @driveincontrol.

Kevin Stromski, director of operations of the In Control Family Foundation.


WBUR: Mass. Could Ban Talking On Cellphones While Driving

  • "Holding a cellphone to an ear to make a call while operating a car in Massachusetts could get drivers pulled over and fined under legislation up at the State House. The use of cellphones while driving has long been a source of contention. A 2010 state law already bans texting while driving and any cellphone use by junior operators 18 or younger. But adults can still hold their phones and drive at the same time, as long as they’re not texting or emailing."

This segment aired on October 21, 2015.


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