Shrewsbury police to begin patrols to enforce mobile device laws


Shrewsbury police to begin patrols to enforce mobile device laws
The Shrewsbury Police Department will be focusing on enforcing mobile device laws throughout April. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Through late April, the Shrewsbury Police Department will be participating in a distracted driving enforcement campaign.

According to a press release from the department, one of the goals of the campaign will be enforcing texting while driving and other hands free law violations.

“The Shrewsbury Police Department takes distracted driving very seriously, as we recognize the dangers it creates on our roadways,” the department wrote. “As always, we strive to keep our community and our roadways safe for everyone.”

Shrewsbury officers who are assigned to this patrol will be focused on distracted driving. This is in addition to the department’s officers on duty.

According to the department, drivers who are under 18 are not allowed to use a mobile device, including texting or making phone calls even if the device is hands free, under the law. Drivers over 18 are prohibited from holding or viewing their device. However, drivers over 18 are allowed to use the devices hands free, the department said.

Shrewsbury Police Department received a grant from the Municipal Road Safety Grant Program. According to the press release, the department plans to use the funding to increase their number of traffic enforcement patrols through six campaigns throughout the year and pedestrian and crosswalk enforcement campaigns.

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