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A bill in the Massachusetts statehouse would forbid drivers from watching television and videos while behind the wheel.
Current state law already prohibits drivers from watching any device that receives a television broadcast if it’s located in front of the back of the driver’s seat or is visible to the driver – regardless of whether the device interferes with safe driving.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jarrett Barrios, D-Cambridge, would amend the law to prohibit drivers from watching any device capable of displaying “a television broadcast or video feed” that is located within the driver’s view.
The restriction wouldn’t apply to dashboard readouts or other displays of information about a vehicle’s operation or conduct.
Drivers found in violation of the rule could be fined between $100 and $200.
S1864 is in the Joint Committee on Transportation.
Massachusetts isn’t alone in its pursuit for stricter guidelines of what drivers can and cannot view while behind the wheel.
In Wisconsin, Rep. Gary Bies, R-Sister Bay, has offered a bill that adds DVDs and video games to the off-limits list.
Drivers found in violation of the rule could be fined as much as $400.
AB567 is in the Assembly Committee on Highway Safety.
 
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