Bedford police crack down on distracted driving, issue 152 stops during April

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BEDFORD — Bedford Police Department reported that during April, officers were vigilant in enforcing the state’s Hands-Free Law as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month, resulting in 152 vehicle stops for operators using electronic devices while driving.

The month-long enforcement effort yielded a variety of outcomes, with police issuing 79 written warnings and 66 civil citations.

Additionally, six operators received summonses to appear in court on charges that included Unlicensed Operation, Operating After Revoked Registration, and Operating without Insurance.

In one case, an individual was arrested for Unlicensed Operation.

Notably, three drivers were cited for second offenses of using an electronic device while driving.

The Bedford Police Department emphasized the importance of mounting electronic devices for applications such as navigation to comply with the law.

Operators are allowed to use their phones to dial 911 for emergencies, but are encouraged to pull over safely before making the call.

The penalties for violating the hands-free law start with a $105 fine for a first offense.

A second offense carries a $255 fine and requires completion of a distracted driving educational program.

Third and subsequent offenses increase the fine to $505, in addition to an insurance surcharge and the educational program requirement.

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