Posted by MAIA on February 4, 2020
Effective 2/23/2020, the new “hands-free” law in MA makes it illegal for motor vehicle and bicycle operators to hold any electronic device or phone, including when stopped at red lights or stop signs! All devices must be properly mounted and can only be used in hands-free mode. Penalties start at $100 and go up to $500 PLUS mandatory distracted driving education AND an insurance surcharge. The state has created a downloadable pamphlet you can use to help notify your clients.
DOWNLOAD PAMPHLET: Hands-Free While Driving from mass.gov
This pamphlet provides an excellent overview of what the new law means for drivers under and over age 18, and the consequences they’ll face for breaking the law.
To summarize the key points…
Drivers 18 and over:
In an Emergency
Operators may use a cell phone to call 911 to report an emergency. If possible, safely pull over and stop before calling 911.