Source – Upton PD
U Drive U Text U Pay
The Upton Police have received funding, thanks to a grant administered by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division (EOPSS/HSD) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to increase patrols focusing on distracted driving enforcement from April 8th through April 29th. Officers will be using a combination of traditional methods and innovative enforcement strategies, like the one seen in this video, to seek out drivers violating the texting law.
Texting while driving was outlawed in Massachusetts in 2010. Adult drivers who type, send, or read electronic messages or browse the Internet while driving face a $105 fine for a first offense – even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic. Teen drivers under 18 are entirely prohibited from using mobile phones and other electronic devices while driving, including making phone calls. The fine for a juvenile first offense is $105, a 60 day license suspension, and required completion of a driver attitudinal course.
Texting and driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off the task of driving, creating a “perfect storm” for a crash. Don’t put yourself or others at risk. Put the phone down and just drive. The text can wait.