School of Professional Studies

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


School of Professional Studies

Chief Instructor

Mary Piecewicz


MPA, texting, car technology, driving laws, automobiles homicides, mobile phones, car insurance, Mass Driving Laws, Public Health


Texting and driving is one of the most widespread and uncontrollable of epidemics that have arose to prominence in the 21st century. Texting and driving is now a global issue, that has left nations across the road scrambling to implement new laws and preventative measures to stunt the increasing rates of accidents and fatalities caused by texting and driving. The severity of the issue has lead to a multitude of different entities ranging from domestic and foreign governments, cell phone and car manufacturers, cell phone carriers, and insurance agencies to seek new methods to prevent texting and driving. Determining the current methods used by these entities to address texting and driving and to alter the behavior of drivers was the basis of the research found in this report. The research collected and analyzed in the following sections illustrates the current actions being taken in the fight to end texting and driving. Based off the research gathered, several conclusions will also be drawn pertaining to what the major salient issues are surrounding texting and driving, and recommendations will be given that will provide guidance towards how texting and driving should be tackled locally in Worcester and at the state level.





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