Investigation finds Mass. texting and driving ban ineffective
Fox 25 - 02/24/2015
Three years later, Massachusetts banned texting while driving and banned junior operators like Amanda from even talking on a cell phone while behind the wheel.
But an investigation by FOX25 and Northeastern University’s School of Journalism found enforcement of the law is limited and ineffective.
Unlike 14 other states, Massachusetts does not have a ban on hand-held cellphone use, making it difficult for law enforcement to effectively crack down on texting while driving because officers cannot always distinguish whether someone is texting, or simply dialing a phone number.
The inability to enforce the ban is not only putting lives at risk, but also causing the state to lose out on millions of dollars in federal funding.