Starting Monday, drivers of trains, street cars and buses belonging to the Massachussetes Bay Transportation Authority will no longer be allowed to carry, much less use, cell phones while on the clock, according to a new Massachussetts law reports Reuters. Breaking the law by using a cell phone (texting or talking) will result in a month's suspension with a managerial recommendation for dismissal, while merely carrying a phone will receive a 10-day suspension for a first offense, with a second offense carrying the same penalty as actual cell phone use.
A trolley collision in Boston last week was blamed on the inattentiveness of one of the drivers who was texting at the time of the accident, which injured 49 people. Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority General Manager Daniel Grabauskas told Reuters, "I know what I saw on Friday night in that tunnel. I know what the cause was. And I know that this new policy would have prevented it."