A study from the University of Utah found talking on a cell phone while driving delays a driver's reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent, the legal limit for drunk driving in Massachusetts. Yet drivers continue to use cell phones and drive while distracted.
Distracted Driving: The Toll on Massachusetts Roads
Massachusetts banned texting while driving in 2010, but many drivers are violating the law. Police issued more than 18,000 tickets between October 2010 and April 2016, according to a Boston Globe analysis - and this is a law that has been criticized for being hard to enforce. There are likely more drivers out there texting who have escaped tickets. At least 180 people died in distracted driving crashes from 2010 to 2013.
To encourage drivers to put down their cell phones and focus on the roads, the NSC observes April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is also observed by the state of Massachusetts, where more than 200 police departments typically receive funding for extra traffic enforcement patrols.
What to Do If You Have Been Injured
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