WEST BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – West Bridgewater Police Officer Steve Golbranson was busy on Tuesday.Treasured Photo Album Returned To Gloucester Bar Made Famous By 'The Perfect Storm'
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: Chelsea Giving Free Air Conditioning Units To Eligible Residents
“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: BPS Superintendent Cassellius, Volunteers Go Door-To-Door To Reach Students Who Dropped Out During Pandemic
But he was honest with the officer, and didn’t get a ticket – which would have been for $105.