W. Bridgewater police educate public about dangers of distracted driving

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MASS. (WHDH) - Officers in West Bridgewater are hitting the streets for a new campaign to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving.

Officers are on bikes and driving through the streets to find drivers using their phones behind the wheel. The campaign is not to issue tickets but rather to remind drivers that they should not be texting while driving.

“People are getting pretty savvy about it,” said Officer Matt Montieri. “You see them glance down, they have it between their legs.”

Massachusetts outlawed texting while driving six years ago but Montieri said it remains a pervasive problem. Officers were seen talking to people stopped at red lights, reminding them that distracted driving is still dangerous even when the car is stopped.

West Bridgewater Police Chief Victor Flaherty said this is not about revenue but public service.

“I don’t want you to be a stat,” said Flaherty. “I don’t want you to think that this is not dangerous because it is extremely dangerous.”

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