Car accidents from distracted driving have increased in recent years, which is why some local police departments are taking steps to prevent future tragedies.
The Longmeadow Police Department has announced that they’re conducting a series of patrols, to reduce the number of distracted driving crashes.
The effort is part of a statewide enforcement campaign by the Highway Safety Division, to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.
In Massachusetts, it’s illegal to text, use apps or browse the internet while driving, even if stopped at a red light.
Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using their phones in any capacity while driving, and could lose their license for up to one year if caught doing so.