WEST BRIDGEWATER (CBS) – West Bridgewater Police Officer Steve Golbranson was busy on Tuesday.

Read: Despite Warning, 78 West Bridgewater Drivers Stopped In Texting Sting

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.

“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.

But he was honest with the officer, and didn’t get a ticket – which would have been for $105.

Bill Shields


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