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There are 6 comments on Listen Up: New Law Requires Massachusetts Drivers to Use Phones Hands-Free

  1. distracted driving? this is a bunch of bs coming from some wealthy paranoid a.holes to in order to abuse low-income people.
    anything can distract driver even your wife sitting next to you while driving while talking or bog electronic screen ads
    they should ban bicyclers/scooters and pedestrians while on public streets
    they should definitely ban police/emergency vehicle to use the radio while driving as well

  2. I think that in theory, it’s great. But the amount of times I see Police Officers on their phones while driving is rediculous. I certainly hope that there won’t be any selective enforcement.

  3. How are people under 18 supposed to drive when they don’t know where they are going. A Gps isn’t even allowed to be used, it’s ridiculous old GPSs should at least be able to be used.

  4. Listen up young whiper snapper!
    When I was a kid, we didn’t have any electronics devices. We learned to read maps and remember landmarks to get around town.

  5. 365,000 accidents were caused by distracted driving in 2018 and 36,500 deaths in that year were the result of distracted driving. (These numbers are derived by the per day accident rates noted at the beginning of this article.) Not all of these deaths may not be from distracted driving while using a cell phone to talk or even worse to text, but I can imagine that a significant number of them were. The numbers are chilling. I believe quite strongly that every person who operates an automobile has a responsibility to do so safely and to not engage in any activity that will distract them while driving.

    People die on the roads every day and maybe even worse, many are maimed for life as the result of accidents caused by distracting driving. Monetary fines do not make up for that. Maybe people convicted of any type of distracted driving which results in a death or serious injury should lose the “privilege” of driving for a significant period of time by the loss of their license. I would go so far as to suggest significant jail time as well.

    It is a small hardship to have to pull off the road make a call or send a text from your automobile, at least you do not have to run around looking for a payphone like we used to!

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