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New Massachusetts Distracted Driving Bill Takes Effect This Weekend [WGBH]

February 24, 2020

Massachusetts’ new distracted driving bill takes effect on Sunday, Feb. 23. Drivers will no longer be able to use any hand-held devices while behind the wheel, except for minor exceptions to use navigation tools on their phones. This comes after years of lobbying from advocacy groups and supporters. The new law is a legislative milestone, but the real work to eliminate distracted driving begins now, by getting drivers to change their behavior. That’s the centerpiece of a national public safety campaign headed by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School Center for Health Communication.


Jay Winsten – Associate Dean for Health Communications at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Emily Stein – President of Safe Roads Alliance

Ryan McMahon – Vice President of Insurance and Government Affairs at Cambridge Mobile Telematics

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