NEW CELL PHONE TEXTING LAW (Safe Driving Law) - Massachusetts

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NEW CELL PHONE TEXTING LAW (Safe Driving Law) - Massachusetts
Effective September 30, 2010

 

Sending or Reading Electronic Messages:

Operators cannot use any mobile device to write, send or read an e-message while operating a vehicle. This LAW applies to all drivers of all ages.
PENALTY (for all ages)
1st offense = $100 fine
2nd offense = $250 fine
3rd offense + = $500 fine

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OPERATORS UNDER AGE 18:

Age 18 and under cannot use any mobile e device for any reason while operating a motor vehicle.
Exception: Emergency Only
PENALTY (18 or under)
1st offense = $100 fine; 60 day license suspension and an attitudinal retraining course
2nd offense = $250 fine; 180 day license suspension
3rd offense + = $500 fine; one year suspension

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Unsafe or impeded operation due to the use of a mobile phone:

Operators over 18 can use mobile phone for calls as long as one hand is on steering wheel at all times. The use of a mobile phone must not interfere with driving and cannot be used for texting.
PENALTY (for all ages):
1st offense = $35 fine
2nd offense (within 12 months) = $75 fine
3rd offense (within 12 months) = $50 fine

NOTE: IT IS NOT AN OFFENSE IF THE VEHICLE IS PARKED IN AN AREA OF THE ROAD NOT MEANT FOR DRIVING.

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NEGLIGENT OPERATION AND INJURY FROM MOBILE PHONE USE:

Personal injury or property damage caused by negligent operation of a motor vehicle is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE. If you crash because you were using a mobile electronic device you will face criminal charges. In addition to the criminal charges, you will face loss of license as described below:
PENALTY (under age 18):
1st offense = 180 day suspension
2nd offense + within 3 years = one year suspension
PENALTY (18 Years or older):
1st offense = 60 day suspension
2nd offense + within 3 years = one year suspension

 

 

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Rainmaker
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David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

It's about time, I remember in driver's ed back a few decades ago the intructor said "two hands on the wheel"....what ever happened to that .

Oct 06, 2010 01:48 AM #1
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Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

I agree with David, it's time for some sort of legislation and penalties - too many people are "distracted drivers" and studies have illustrated the difference is very similar to driving under the influence.

Oct 06, 2010 02:01 AM #2
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Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

We've had a similar law here in GA for a few months now.  I'm all for eliminating driving distractions!

Oct 06, 2010 02:51 AM #3
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AJ Marchionne
AJ Marchionne Insurance Agency Inc - Quincy, MA
Condo Association Insurance Boston, MA

Good News! Arbella Charitable Foundation is providing a solution to our recently licensed drivers. In May 2010 AJ Marchionne Insurance was the first independent agency to host Distractology 101. It is a free simulated driving class to show the dangers of distracted driving to inexperienced drivers. We had around 60 people participate throughout the week. The bus "Distractology 101" travels to a new destination in Mass weekly. You can find when it will be close to you by looking at the schedule on the website. The bus will make 3 tours around the state - 1 per year.

Check out Meredith Vieira from the TODAY SHOW testing it out!

Oct 06, 2010 06:28 AM #4
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