Massachusetts is now the 27th state to ban texting in a car. In a concerted effort to prevent serious auto accidents, the state has also banned any cellphone use for drivers under the age of 18.
According to the Boston Globe, the state law will take effect in October and will cover a wide range of reading and writing on mobile devices, including emailing, internet searching and other noncalling activities. The law, passed after a number of high profile deaths in texting auto accidents, also covers drivers waiting at traffic lights and stop signs. An instant $100 fine is possible.
Under 18 drivers may only use their phone for texting or talking in an emergency or when the car is parked. If they break the law, they can have their car licenses suspended for 60 days.
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