Police on look out for drivers on phone; hands-free law in effect

Last updated: 02-27-2020

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Police on look out for drivers on phone; hands-free law in effect

THE NEW LAW WENT INTO EFFECT TODAY AFTER YEARS AND YEARS OF DEBATE. NEWSCENTER 5’S PETER ELIOPOULOS IS LIVE IN FOXBOROUGH. >> HIGH CAN STILL LEGALLY ANSWER MY PHONE WHILE DRIVING BUT THAT IS IT. ONLY IF IT IS MOUNTED. THE ONLY WAY I CAN MAKE AN OUTGOING CALL, IS WITH VOICE COMMANDS NOT TYPING ON THE PHONE. IF YOU CAN’T DO THAT, THEN YOU HAVE TO WAIT THANKS TO THIS NEW LAW. >> ANOTHER DAY ON THE JOB FOR FOXBORO POLICE SGT. DAVE FOSCALDO. >> A NEW LAW IS IN EFFECT YOU WERE ON THE PHONE. THE PHONE? >> TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY EVERYONE’S GOING HANDS FREE. >> NO MORE HOLDING THE PHONE TO YOUR EAR WHILE DRIVING, SGT FOSCALDO IS OUT EDUCATING DRIVERS, ALONG WITH JERRY CIBLEY, WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN IMPLEMENTING THE NEW LAW, JERRY -- THE . I LOST MY SON JORDAN 13 YEARS AGO IN A DISTRACTED DRIVING ACCIDENT AND I HAVE BEEN LOBBYING FOR THIS FOR 13 YEARS, I WANT YOU TO BE SAFE SIR. >> WHEN CIBLEY WENT THROUGH THE WORST DAY OF HIS LIFE, SGT. FOSCALDO WAS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT HIM TO THE HOSPITAL AND CONSOLED HIM. TODAY, CIBLEY CALLS HIM HIS HERO, SAYING IT’S COMING FULL CIRCLE THEY’RE ENFORCING THIS NEW LAW TOGETHER AFTER THAT TRAGIC DAY. >> DAVE WOULDN’T LET ME GO IT ALONE, HE WENT WITH ME, HE HELD ONTO ME. >> TRY TO RALLY AND DO THEIR BEST TO MOVE FORWARD, IT WAS TERRIBLE. >> IF WE CAN PREVENT ONE FAMILY FROM HAVING TO GO THROUGH WHAT JERRY AND HIS FAMILY HAD TO GO THROUGH, IT’S A SUCCESS AND I THINK WE WILL HAVE THAT SUCCESS. >> MANY WHO WERE ON THE PHONE , RECOGNIZING THE MISTAKE. >> AS SOON AS YOU TAKE YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE ROAD THERE’S A RISK. ARE YOU GOING TO CHANGE YOUR HABITS NOW? >> OH YEAH, OF COURSE. >> I WANT YOU TO BE SAFE, I DON’T WANT YOUR PARENTS TO GO THROUGH WHAT I DID, IT’S IMPOSSIBLE. >> WHAT DO YOU SAY DO YOU PROMISE TO MAKE A CHANGE? >> YEAH. >> THANK YOU. >> POLICE ALL ACROSS THE STATE ARE GOING TO BE WARNING DRIVERS LIKE THEY DID TODAY IN FOXBORO UNTIL AFTER THAT THEY’LL BE APRIL 1. ISSUEING CITIATIONS. $100 FOR THE FIRST OFFENSE. $250 FOR THE SECOND. AND $500 FOR THE THIRD,


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