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Massachusetts cops fine distracted drivers $829K in 2022

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More than $829,000 in fines were issued for distracted driving during the first eight months of the year, as the state continues to crack down on motorists who can’t put away their phones.

Colleen Ogilvie, RMV registrar of motor vehicles, said 7,615 of the 38,233 citations issued to drivers who were talking or texting without a hands-free device were fineable offenses.

In April, 12,213 citations were issued, far more than any other month this year, a trend that’s been seen since the hands-free law went into effect in February 2020, she said.

“That’s typically a month that law enforcement has funding and does a campaign to get on the road and really focus on distracted driving,” Ogilvie said. “We thank our law enforcement partners for their efforts to try to keep us all safe on the roadway.”

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