HINGHAM (CBS) – A driver who slammed her car into a tree Saturday morning in Hingham has been cited for texting while driving.

Police say the 28-year-old Cohasset woman swerved off of Main Street as she looked down at her phone to read a text message.

The woman, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to South Shore Hospital and released. Police say she suffered only minor injuries.

Her 2012 Jeep Wrangler sustained heavy damage from the crash and appeared totaled.

On top of the texting fine, the woman was also cited for a marked lane violation.

A first offense under the state’s texting law is a $100 fine.

The texting law (Chapter 90 Section 13B) includes “composing, sending or reading electronic messages.” The first offense is a $100 fine, second a $250 fine and third or subsequent offense a $500 fine. Under the law, violations are not considered surchargeable offenses.

Comments (39)
  1. m says:

    What a dufus.

    1. gramps says:

      If there was such a charge:

      She should be charged with ‘attempted murder’ on the public @ large!

      Mandatory slammer time….That tree could have been any one of us!


      1. Willow says:

        My thoughts exactly!!!

      2. dan says:

        2012 jeep rangler…WELL THAT WAS A NICE PURCHASE

  2. TMc says:

    $100 fine for texting is nothing….the loss of her brand new car priceless!!! Lesson learned I hope.

    1. Cat fight ! says:

      Her 2012 Murray mobile is a mere trifle . she wont learn a damn thing. neither the rest of the idiots reading this.

  3. Kim says:

    chuckle, bet she won’t do that again ! geeeeez. I’d say she’s lucky it was a tree and not a person…… duh

  4. Pat says:

    And does her insurance company pay out? They shouldn’t!!
    I just don’t see what good a $100 fine is, that’s nothing! What if there had been a person inthe path?
    We’ve proven that texting causes accidents, why not “make the time fit the crime.”

    1. Willow says:

      I agree. This is not an “accident.” More like attempted suicide.

  5. donny says:

    Always enjoy reading the comments of saints from the glass house community.


    Glad this young person didn’t kill themselves or anyone else.

    1. Vera Carroll says:

      You don’t have to be a saint or live in a glass house to know that what she did was wrong. Maybe you would think differently if she did kill someone.

    2. kenmax00 says:

      most people cannot walk an chew gum , i’m not a saint but i drive over 100,000 miles a year pulling tandums texting is a death sentence waitng to happen. seen it to many times

  6. steve g. says:

    Mass. is the biggest pansy state when it comes to driving laws….only when a lawmakers kid is killed will we get tougher…sad the rest of us “commoners” have to pay….

    1. petem says:

      ‘biggest pansy state’? are you 12?

      1. Cat fight ! says:

        Did he offend? sounds on the money to me.

  7. steve g. says:

    hey petem you man…i used another choice of words and they wouldn’t post it…so get a clue tough guy

  8. ry g says:

    you go steve g…..mass isn’t the pansy,petem is

  9. jimbo says:

    hey petem,get your head out of your seat, everyone knows what he was saying

  10. 1stackmack says:

    one slightly used 2012 jeep wrangler unlimited ,low miles, both tops, alloy wheels.the new 3.6 ltr pentistar V6. auto trans,slighly damaged,$32,000 new,make offer…

    1. kenmax00 says:

      can i get a carfax on that p[lease

  11. 1stackmack says:

    l see it all the time.remember l drive a vehicle above everything else.l see people texting all the time,including cops in cruisers.l got a question.what is with texting anyway.is it that hard to call,seriously.l miss people just talking on cell phones now.the most convenient phone l ever had,had the nextel walkie talkie.and after being bought buy sprint.the nextel feature is shund away buy the salesmen for phones the size of a dvd case.thats convenient .also ,did you know driving with ipod buds in your ears is also illegal.car companies spend millions on factory radio and speakers for the perfect sound,but $20 headphones instead.put the ipod trough the radio with an fm transmitter for same $20.

  12. billbranch says:

    Why do drivers in Massachusetts ignore traffic and safety laws?
    Because they are allowed to.

  13. Willow says:

    Approximately two years ago, two teenage girls died in a car crash within two weeks of each other. Both were texting at the time. What is so important that it can’t wait for a few minutes? Unfortunately, people disregard laws so this will continue to happen. If the person texting doesn’t value their life, how about thinking of the other person that they might kill. People on cellphones whether talking or texting are just as dangerous as a drunk driver, in my opinion.

    1. Bill LaPlante says:

      Fully agree.

  14. sean says:

    it’s been proven that speeding causes accidents too, how many of you hypocrites on here always drive the speed limit, don’t accelerate through yellow lights, come to complete stops at stop signs, and never turn on no turn on reds?

    1. gramps says:

      You’re defending this ‘POS’, she ‘must’ be your sister!

      Move along ‘little boy’….


      1. sean says:

        not defending her gramps, just saying that we shouldn’t all act like we haven’t done something stupid ourselves. Probably won’t be long gramps before we see you on the news for hitting the gas instead of the brake and plowing through your urologists office.

      2. gramps says:

        Let’s leave my ‘Brain Surgeon’ outa this!


    2. miley says:

      Well whenever anyone is doing any of the things you mentioned above the person is still paying attention to the road and is looking at whats going on. So nice attempt at trying to compare texting which would be the same as driving around with a blindfold on. you sean FAIL

      1. sean says:

        ok miley so accidents are only caused by people texting is what you’re saying and speeding, running red lights, etc., are all ok because the person is “paying attention.” Good point, maybe you should be a lawyer, I’d bet you’d be real good at it.

  15. jimbo says:

    hey sean…go change your diaper!

    1. sean says:

      look at you full of intelligent replies there jimblo

      1. Willow says:

        Sean, all of those things you listed cause accidents, and yes, we’re all guilty of doing some of them. So are you saying that drunk driving, texting, and doing anything that takes you eyes off the road for a moment shouldn’t be addressed because of all the other things people might do? Whether someone is speeding, runs a red light, or does any of the things that end someone’s life, they’re all wrong. That’s why police stop speeders when they see them, and also stop people who run lights or don’t stop at stop signs. They stop drunk drivers also, and hopefully before they kill themselves or someone else. I don’t want it to be anyone in my family. The last thing we need with all these dangerous drivers already, is someone not even looking at the road at all.

  16. cc says:

    what sean is saying is perhaps instead of attacking someone for making a dumb mistake, you can be grateful someone didn’t lose their life–because as another human being you can understand sometimes you make stupid mistakes but certainly don’t deserve to lose your life over it. She made a stupid mistake and thank god no one was really hurt, I’m sure it taught her a lesson.

  17. Cat fight ! says:

    Yeah she’ll learn her lesson…… neither will the rest of you who .. plug in, head down, tune out..

  18. billbranch says:

    I am sick, sick, sick of texters and cell phonies and anyone who tries to justify the use of handhelds while driving.
    The State of Maine was on the right track with a law which banned any activity which was not essential to the operation of the vehicle. Behind the wheel absolute concentration is necessary, concentration which is not there when texting or talking on a cell phone, handheld or otherwise; these are not conversations at all similar to those with a passenger: these are internal messages, more like dreams.
    So now we see the signs, “Emergency Stopping Only,” and cell phonies pull over to talk. Since when is a phone call an emergency unless it’s life and death?
    It’s time the entire country gets real about safety.

  19. Edward Ellis says:

    Another Child of Entitlement.

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