Holyoke Police cracking down on distracted drivers

Massachusetts law prohibits adult drivers from texting while driving

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s all part of a statewide campaign by the Massachusetts Highway Safety Division. The Holyoke Police Department will be conduct a series of patrols to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by distracted driving.

Lou Davis of Holyoke told 22News he witnessed a serious accident caused by distracting driving; “Hit a car that was parked on the road, and hit several other cars and flipped over; they were on their phone. People don’t look up at all or pay attention to anything that is going on.”

Massachusetts law prohibits adult drivers from texting while driving, even if stopped at a red light. Teen drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use their phones at all, while driving. In Massachusetts, fatalities caused by distracted driving are highest among the 18 to 34 age group and seniors over 75.

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