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Bill Proposed by Massachusetts Lawmaker Would Prevent Teens From Texting and Driving

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    A Massachusetts lawmaker is working to prevent teenagers from texting while behind the wheel.

    (Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

    A Massachusetts lawmaker is working to prevent teenagers from texting while behind the wheel.

    With three teenagers at home, State Rep. Carolyn Dykema often worries about distracted driving. So, the Holliston Democrat has decided to do something about it.

    Dykema authored a bill that would require cell phone companies to create an app that would disable a teen's phone when they are driving.

    "This is something that I think we can put place that's reasonable," Dykema said.

    According to Dykema, parents would have the option to install the app on phones of minors on their plan. Teen drivers could still call a pre-approved list of phone numbers, and 911, but would be restricted from texting, and apps such as SnapChat and Instagram.

    "Another tool that parents can use to keep their kids safe," she said.

    During a hearing, a Verizon representative said he didn't believe the technology existed to differentiate between the driver and passengers in the car, thus everyone would be blocked. The representative also said the same technology barrier would prevent teens from using their phones on buses, subways, and other moving modes of transportation.

    Dykema still believes the app has merit.

    "At least people are talking about it," Dykema said.

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