WEST BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – West Bridgewater Police Officer Steve Golbranson was busy on Tuesday.Ashland High School Gets State Approval To Drop Mask Mandate; No 'Immediate Change' Planned
Golbranson’s assignment was to watch for drivers who were texting and driving. The day before, 40 drivers were cited for texting.
“What I look for is someone whose head is looking down. They’re often texting,” he told WBZ-TV.
In the span of one hour, Officer Golbranson pulled over four drivers who were texting. He only ticketed one.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: October Payments Hitting Parents' Bank Accounts
“If you’re honest, then most times you’ll only get a warning,” Golbranson explained. “But we can see what screen has last been used on the phone. If it’s a texting screen, then we may ticket.”
Police say distracted driving has become a huge problem nationwide.
There’s a bill on Beacon Hill right now that already passed the Senate that would make driving and using a phone illegal – for any reason. If it passes, only hand-free usage of phones will be allowed.
One driver that Golbranson pulled over today simply looked at his phone when a text came in. He didn’t even respond, but that’s illegal too.MORE NEWS: FDA Panel Approves Booster Shots Of Johnson And Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
But he was honest with the officer, and didn’t get a ticket – which would have been for $105.