1. Protect lives by never texting or talking on the phone while driving
2. Be a good passenger and speak out if the driver of their car is distracted.
3. Encourage their friends and family to drive phone free.
Under the new safe driving laws, law enforcement can pull over any driver suspected of using a mobile electronic devise for texting or accessing the Internet. First time offenders are subject to a $100 fine. Junior operators observed using a cell phone can also be cited and subject to a $100 fine and the loss of their license for 60 days. Teen offenders will also be required to take a driver retraining course through the National Safety Council.
For more information visit; www.amherstma.gov; http://www.distraction.gov/ or www.mass.gov/highwaysafety or call Sergeant Todd Lang at (413) 259-3000.