Texting & Driving: Dangerous & Illegal
Not only is texting or using a handheld device while driving dangerous to you and everyone else on the road, it’s also illegal in Massachusetts and many other states.
Distracted driving includes everything from texting to entering an address into your GPS to eating—anything that pulls your attention away from the road or your hands from the wheel. The effects take a huge toll, claiming thousands of lives a year, as well as causing many unnecessary injuries, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving, as the law is called in Massachusetts, stipulates that no motor vehicle operator may use electronic devices while driving unless the technology is being used hands-free. The law also sets forth the penalties for violating the law, which include escalating fines for each offense, as well as surcharges to car insurance premiums and required attendance at an education program focused on distracted driving.
But those costs pale in comparison to the potential for injuries and death due to distracted driving. When you are driving, everything else can wait. If you need to make an urgent call, send a message, adjust your GPS or do anything else that requires your attention, pull over to a safe spot away from traffic.
Don’t text and drive: the cost is too high.