The New Bedford Police Department is in the midst of its "Drive Smart Southcoast" campaign. The program is aimed at 16-18 year-olds and seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. New Bedford, and other local departments will be on the lookout over the next few weeks for teens using their cellphones while driving. But instead of handing out a ticket, police will encourage teens to attend Youth Court, and enroll in a four-week distracted driving course. Traffic Safety Officer J.R. Rebeiro will join Townsquare Sunday host Jim Phillips to discuss the distracted driving problem among teens, and how the Drive Smart program can make a difference.

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Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WBSM 1420 and WBSM.com. Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area.

If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here. You can also send an e-mail to Jim Phillips at jim.phillips@townsquaremedia.com. This program can also be heard by downloading the WBSM app.

With additional reporting by Cameron DaCosta.