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West Bridgewater

Texting patrols lauded, scarce

The West Bridgewater Police Department’s widely publicized crackdown on drivers texting behind the wheel earlier this month is not likely to be undertaken any time soon by other area police departments, who say lean budgets, lack of staff, and other priorities make such massive enforcement operations nearly impossible.

Massachusetts is one of 39 states that ban texting while driving, but the law, enacted in September 2010, is not an easy one to enforce since it requires catching the offender in the act.

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