Distracted Driving Bill Expected To Be Sent To Gov. Baker

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A bill that would prevent motorists from using phones while driving might be heading to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk to be signed or vetoed.

After years of hurdles, a compromise on the distracted-driving bill was reached by a conference committee over the weekend.

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Vigil Held At Mass. State House For Victims Of Traffic Accidents

“No bill is perfect, so really the first step today is to see what is in it and make sure that it includes all of the important components,” Stacy Thompson, with LivableStreets Alliance, said.

The details of the compromise won’t be revealed until Monday, but a released statement said the new legislation will restrict the use of hand-held cellphones while driving. Existing law on racial profiling by law enforcement is also expected to be updated.

At the moment, drivers are not allowed to text while driving, but are still allowed to look and read messages, as well as talk on the phone.

The bill is expected to be signed into law or vetoed later this week.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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