Massachusetts law prohibits texting while driving. The texting ban applies to all motorists, and police officers can stop any driver suspected of texting while driving. The law also prohibits any driver under the age of 18 from using any type of cell phone or mobile device while driving. Using a cell phone while driving, whether hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reaction time as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Make no mistake – violating these laws jeopardizes the lives and safety of all people on the road. No communication is worth risking a life.