What you Need to Know about the Hands-Free Driving Law in Mass
Brace yourselves. The hands-free driving law takes effect in Massachusetts on Feb. 23, 2020, according to whdh.com. We have all the details for you right here. Note that police departments will be out in force to ensure residents are sticking to it. Here are some key points.
You can only use electronic devices and mobile phones in hands-free mode, you are not permitted to hold or support any electronic device/phone, you cannot touch device for texting, emailing, apps, video, or internet use, activation of GPS navigation is permitted when the device is installed or properly mounted, handheld use is allowed only if the vehicle is both stationary and not located in a public travel lane, but is not allowed at red lights or stop signs.
A good rule of thumb is, if you can put your vehicle in park in a safe place, you can use your phone but otherwise, hands-off! If you are under 18 you cannot use ANY electronic device. All phone use while driving is illegal, including the use of hands-free mode so talk to your teen about this one specifically.
The fines and penalties will be high. WHDH is reporting that first-time violators will get a $100 fine. Second-time offenders will get a $250 fine and have to complete a mandatory distracted driving educational program. And if you are nailed a third time, it’s a $500 dollar fine, insurance surcharge AND the mandatory distracted driving education program. Let’s be safe out there and just not use our phones in the car.