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State police doubling efforts to crack down on distracted driving

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State police are warning drivers that if they see you texting behind the wheel, they will ticket you.

State police say they are upping efforts to crack down on texting while driving, as they partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Massachusetts drivers should understand that this initiative is not focused on revenue enhancement, the goal of the operation is to educate the public, support the media campaign, and save lives," said Lt. Stephen Walsh, commander of the State Police Andover Barracks and the operational officer of the initiative, "unfortunately, many motorists will not comply with the laws focused on distracted driving without the very real threat of penalties."

According to the NHTSA More than 3,000 people were killed texting while driving in 2012.

In Massachusetts fines for texting start at $100 for the first offense and go up to $500 for repeat violations.

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