Longmeadow Police launch patrols aimed to catch distracted driving

Hampden County

Longmeadow Police have launched a series of patrols aimed at catching and discouraging distracted drivers. 

The patrols are part of a statewide enforcement and education campaign meant to reduce distracted driving deaths.

The campaign hopes to curb the historic rise in deadly crashes caused by driver distraction.

One woman told 22News she was just hit by a distracted driver in Ludlow. 

“I got crashed into because someone was on their phone, and now I’m in a rental car because someone wasn’t paying attention. Luckily my son wasn’t with me. My whole trunk lifted, everything. My bumper completely went off my car,” said Kelsey.

In Massachusetts, it is illegal for anyone to text behind the wheel, even if you’re stopped at a red light. Teens caught using a cell phone while driving could be fined $500.

Longmeadow police will focus their special patrols on roads where the most collisions occur.

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