Backers urge hands-free law for Massachusetts drivers

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BOSTON (AP) — With the exception of Rhode Island, all of the states that border Massachusetts now have laws that ban the use of hand-held cellphones by all drivers.

Massachusetts bans texting while driving and all cellphone use by drivers 18 or younger. Several bills have been filed on Beacon Hill that would expand the law to require the use of hands-free devices by all drivers. But no public hearings have been scheduled and legislative leaders have given no indication the issue is a priority.

On July 1, New Hampshire joined several other Northeast states including Connecticut, Vermont and New York that require motorists to use Bluetooth or some other type of hands-free device, with exceptions for emergency situations.

State officials say nearly 15,000 citations for texting while driving have been issued in Massachusetts since the current law took effect in 2010.

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