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Cell phone ban to take effect in Massachusetts

Posted On Tue, September 28, 2010

A new law banning texting behind the wheel and cell phone use by junior operators is set to take effect on September 30. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed the law this past summer.

Patrick says he knows the new law will help reduce the number of injuries and accidents on the state's roads.

"Without question, this new law will save lives on our roadways," said Patrick. "Texting is one of the riskiest distractions that endangers public safety and today we are joining other states by saying it will no longer be tolerated."

Patrick's signing of the law made the Bay State the 30th state to make it illegal to send text messages while driving.

Motorists under the age of 18 who are cited for cell phone face a $100 fine and a 60-day license suspension. Accidents that cause property or bodily damage as a result of cell phone use may result in an auto insurance surcharge.

Cell phone use has increasingly caught the eye of lawmakers and the media as one of the main culprits in distracted driving. Thousands of people die each year because of a distracted motorist.

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