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State Police to Crack Down on Texting While Driving

Do you text while you drive?

Texting while driving has been illegal in Massachusetts since 2010, but police around the country have said the law is difficult to enforce.

Forty percent of Massachusetts drivers say they still text while driving despite a nearly three-year-old law banning such activity and preventing any cell phone use for drivers under 18 years old, according to a poll conducted by Plymouth Rock Assurance.

With the help of a federal grant, Massachusetts State Police will begin a statewide crackdown on the illegal and dangerous practice in June.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the state a $ 275,000 federal grant to increase enforcement of the Safe Driving Law, which bans the sending, typing or reading of electronic messages to or from handheld devices while operating a motor vehicle and a complete ban on the use of all handheld electronic devices by junior operators while behind the wheel, according to a state police press statement Tuesday. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 6, 2013 at 3:07 am

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Is Driving Really That Bad in Boston?

Traffic on Route 228 because of the exit 14 closure.

Bostonians have a (deserved?) reputation as terrible drivers, but a financial website says the city’s driving is awful even without the missing turn signals and tailgaters.

Financial site NerdWallet said Boston is the fifth worst driving city in America based on the price of gas, amount of traffic and population density. Boston’s ranked worse than legendary driving nightmare Washington, D.C. in the list.

“Boston drivers are known for being aggressive, and it’s no wonder they get frustrated—Boston drivers sit in 53 hours of traffic per year,” wrote NerdWallet.

How should drivers navigate such a spaghetti bowl of streets and traffic? NerdWallet helpfully pointed out that “the city has excellent public transportation, so a Charlie card may be a better investment than a car.”

What do you think? Is driving in Boston really that bad, or is this just an old assumption getting some new attention? Has driving in Boston gotten better in the years after the Big Dig? Worse? Do you rely on your bike, Hubway or the T to get around town? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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State Driving Ban Ends at 4 p.m.

Governor Deval Patrick

The state driving ban will be lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official account just before 1 p.m.: “Driving ban lifted immediately for Nantucket County & for all communities west of I-91; driving ban lifted statewide as of 4 PM,” Gov. Deval Patrick tweeted from his official @MassGovernor account.

Patrick signed an executive order to ban vehicle traffic beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. It was the first time the order had been signed since 1978. Penalties for driving during the ban include a $ 500 fine and up to one year in prison.

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 9, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Jail for South End Drunk Driving Crash

Boston Police Department

A Dorchester man will serve 20 years in prison for a drunk driving crash in the South End in 2010 that left one of his friends dead.

Warren Tyler, 47, received the maximum penalty for manslaughter this week, after a Suffolk County jury found him guilty of being drunk and causing the crash that killed his friend, according to District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

Warren was found guilty of both motor vehicle homicide and manslaughter by operating under the influence in the 2010 crash that killed his friend and passenger, 46-year-old Johnny Williams, Jr.  Jurors acquitted Tyler of an additional charge of receiving a stolen motor vehicle.

Prior to sentencing, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke dismissed the charge of motor vehicle homicide on the grounds that it was duplicative of the manslaughter charge, which carries a longer maximum sentence of 20 years.  Prosecutors recommended a term of 19 to 20 years in state prison; Locke imposed a sentence of 18 to 20 years. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

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