Drivers will soon be banned from using any hand-held devices, like cellphones, while behind the wheel.
Gov. Charlie Baker signed the bill into law Monday, bringing Massachusetts in line with the other five New England states with bans in place.
Baker said the law will help significantly to end distracted driving in Massachusetts.
“Operators driving a car should not be holding a phone to text, check social media or email,” he said. “When a driver on an electronic device hits something or someone, that’s not an accident. It’s a crash that was avoidable.”