It is illegal for any driver to text in Massachusetts. Operators cannot use any mobile telephone or handheld device capable of accessing the Internet to write, send, or read an electronic message including text messages, emails, and instant messages or to access the Internet while operating a vehicle. The law applies even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic. The law prohibits junior operators (drivers under 18) from using a handheld mobile device at all while operating a motor vehicle.  Research shows that drivers that text are 23 times more likely to crash than drivers who do not.  

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DA Blodgett talks with Peabody High School students at a recent assembly on the dangers of texting and driving. Students were invited to take a pledge not to text and drive after the event.

It Can Wait Video

AT&T produced this documentary on the tragic consequences of texting while driving.  During his visits to area high schools, D.A. Blodgett shares this video with high school students.

DA Blodgett Speaks to Students about Dangers of Texting and Driving

District Attorney Blodgett spoke to juniors and seniors at Beverly High School about the dangers of texting and driving.