Governor Baker pushing for new road safety proposals

Boston Statehouse

Governor Baker is pushing for some new road safety proposals.

In an effort to increase driver safety Governor Baker is proposing banning drivers from holding cellphones and letting police stop drivers just for not wearing seatbelts.

These proposals would make Massachusetts the seventeenth state to establish those rules.

Other proposals would require state-owned and operated trucks over 10,000 pounds to have side guards and extra mirrors.

It would also set mandatory temporary speed limits in construction zones that would double fines when workers are present.

More than 15,000 people were seriously injured, and 1,820 people died on Massachusetts roads between 2012 and 2016.

The proposal would also treat electric scooters and bicycles the same as regular bicycles under state law.

An advisory group would also be created to propose future changes.

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