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Let’s pass the hands-free bill in MA

We have until July 31 to pass a handheld ban in Massachusetts and make a real impact on distracted driving. After that, it’s effectively back the drawing board.

If you’re in MA, here’s what you can do to help:

1. Write or call Robert DeLeo, MA’s House Speaker – Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov. 617-722-2500. An email template and phone script are below.

2. Write your state representative. Find your rep here. An email template is below.

3. Call your state representative. Find your rep here. A phone script is below.

4. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here’s some language to get you started: Let’s pass the hands-free bill in MA. How you can help in 6 easy steps.

5. Sign the petition for Speaker DeLeo. We’re aiming for 5,000 signatures – so please sign and share!

6. Follow Hands-Free Massachusetts on Facebook for updates and events.

 

Email template for Robert DeLeo

Email Speaker DeLeo

Subject: I support hands-free legislation.

Dear Representative DeLeo,

I am writing you to express my support for House Bill H.3660 to make handheld cellphone use while driving in Massachusetts illegal.

Distracted driving kills 3,450 people per year in the U.S. – over nine per day.

These daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends die needlessly. Using a phone while driving is a choice.

The costs are simply too high to continue ignoring the issue.

A cellphone ban while driving is overwhelmingly popular in MA. Over 80% of residents support it. Governor Baker has also endorsed hands-free legislation. Maine and Massachusetts are the only states in the northeast where you can use your phone while driving.

Besides being popular, these bills work.

Oregon’s handheld ban went into effect in October 2017. Since then, distracted driving has dropped 14%. Before the handheld bill, Oregon had a law against texting and driving. Just like Massachusetts.

But texting laws aren’t enough. They’re difficult to enforce. And they’re ineffective.

Texting increases your chance of crashing 600%. Dialing a phone number increases your chance of crashing 1,200%. No matter how you use your phone, it takes a full 27 seconds to focus on driving again.

There’s no time to lose. Distracted driving is higher during the summer than at any time during the year. And it’s getting worse.

H.3660 deserves to be brought to a vote now. Families lose loved ones every day we wait. You can stop future tragedies by giving the people of Massachusetts what they want – a ban on cellphones while driving.

Thank you for your time,

Name

 

Email template for your state representative

Find your rep here

Subject: I support hands-free legislation.

Dear Representative ______,

I am writing you to express my support for House Bill H.3660 to make handheld cellphone use while driving in Massachusetts illegal.

Distracted driving kills 3,450 people per year in the U.S. – over nine per day.

These daughters, sons, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends die needlessly. Using a phone while driving is a choice.

The costs are simply too high to continue ignoring the issue.

A cellphone ban while driving is overwhelmingly popular in MA. Over 80% of residents support it. Governor Baker has also endorsed hands-free legislation. Maine and Massachusetts are the only states in the northeast where you can use your phone while driving.

Besides being popular, these bills work.

Oregon’s handheld ban went into effect in October 2017. Since then, distracted driving has dropped 14%. Before the handheld bill, Oregon had a law against texting and driving. Just like Massachusetts.

But texting laws aren’t enough. They’re difficult to enforce. And they’re ineffective.

Texting increases your chance of crashing 600%. Dialing a phone number increases your chance of crashing 1,200%. No matter how you use your phone, it takes a full 27 seconds to focus on driving again.

There’s no time to lose. Distracted driving is higher during the summer than at any time during the year. And it’s getting worse.

H.3660 deserves to be brought to a vote now. Families lose loved ones every day we wait. You can stop future tragedies by giving the people of Massachusetts what they want – a ban on cellphones while driving.

Please support a hands-free law, and call Speaker DeLeo today to ask him to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

Thank you for your time,

Name

Phone script

Hello, my name is ________ and I’m calling from (town) and wanted to let Representative ________ know that I support a hands-free bill in Massachusetts.

(Insert brief personal story or opinion here if you desire.)

I strongly encourage Representative _________ to contact Speaker DeLeo to voice their support for this bill.  The bill number is H.3660.

It’s time that Massachusetts has more enforceable and effective laws for distracted driving.

Thank you for your time.

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