PSA for drivers in MA: New law kicks in on Feb 23, 2020

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I know everyone is aware of this, but it seems prudent to pass this along to non-residents traveling in MA:

Effective February 23, Massachusetts law prohibits drivers from using any hand-held device while operating a motor vehicle.



Massachusetts is the latest Northeast state to enact legislation prohibiting the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle. The new law requires motorists to use hands-free technology for cell phones and navigation systems. Any driver holding a phone in their hands while behind the wheel can be pulled over and fined $100 for the first offense. Subsequent violations result in higher fines and possible insurance surcharges.


(I guess you are even banned from using the device while stopped at a red light. You cannot be in an active traffic flow, stopped or otherwise. Probably not supposed to be marking LEO on VVaze :cool: … LOL....)
 

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I know everyone is aware of this, but it seems prudent to pass this along to non-residents traveling in MA:

Effective February 23, Massachusetts law prohibits drivers from using any hand-held device while operating a motor vehicle.



Massachusetts is the latest Northeast state to enact legislation prohibiting the use of electronic devices while operating a vehicle. The new law requires motorists to use hands-free technology for cell phones and navigation systems. Any driver holding a phone in their hands while behind the wheel can be pulled over and fined $100 for the first offense. Subsequent violations result in higher fines and possible insurance surcharges.


(I guess you are even banned from using the device while stopped at a red light. You cannot be in an active traffic flow, stopped or otherwise. Probably not supposed to be marking LEO on VVaze :cool: … LOL....)

In Georgia, it covers not touching a Cellular Phone unless one is parked in their own driveway or in a parking lot with the vehicle in Park. In other words, Traffic Light Intersection use will get one a ticket. The LEO in Cobb County even dress-up as construction workers at major intersection, see somebody using a Cell Phone, tap on the windows flashing a badge, and ask the driver to pull around the corner to get their ticket.

Do you have a link to the legislation? I am wondering if they might have gone too far and banded the use of Amateur Radio Handhelds or Mics while driving.

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TBH, I'll believe they'll actually enforce this when I see it. Plenty of other states around us have laws like this already, and it doesn't stop anything. Hell, I see plenty of LEOs around here staring at phones at stoplights. I really hope it does something, because it's getting so bad lately. Hell, I had to honk at 6 people at red lights yesterday because they were too distracted with their phone to realize the light had turned green!
 

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I use "ok vaze" to report things time to time
 

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We have had a similar law in NY (since 2011).

Your law is more clear than ours -It seems that you can use Waze and some other items if your phone is in a holder/cradle. The courts in NY have made similar findings where if you have a cradle - its no longer handheld, but it's not specifically in the regs. Neither is the moving/stopped definitions - so most places here in NY wont give out a ticket if you are at a stoplight.

How can a LEO tell if you are just using a navigation app or just texting, would seem pretty difficult to do and costly to prove in court?

I don't see much difference between Carplay/Android Auto when it comes to a phone in a cradle that is placed well in the car.

People should not be texting, but I can see people getting tickets from using Navigation apps with some eager Leos.
 

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A redlight is not a free pass to use devices, etc etc etc etc. Vehicle is still in drive.
 

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TBH, I'll believe they'll actually enforce this when I see it. Plenty of other states around us have laws like this already, and it doesn't stop anything. Hell, I see plenty of LEOs around here staring at phones at stoplights. I really hope it does something, because it's getting so bad lately. Hell, I had to honk at 6 people at red lights yesterday because they were too distracted with their phone to realize the light had turned green!
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An Act Relative to Improving Safety on the Roads of the Commonwealth includes proposals on the following topics:


  • Hands-free: Requires electronic devices to be used in “hands-free” mode and would not allow anyone operating a motor vehicle to touch or hold a mobile electronic device, “except to perform a single tap or swipe to activate, deactivate, or initiate hands-free mode.” The bill would permit talking, texting and other tasks to be completed by voice commands and would allow law enforcement officers to better enforce distraction laws.

What About GPS?

"If you're going to use GPS, set it before you start driving. If you try to set it during the drive, and you're manipulating your device or the screen, that's where you get to be illegal ... GPS is a great tool for drivers, but it has to be used in a way that is safe. And that means doing it when you're on the side of the road, in a safe spot, and not driving."



"It's not like the Seat Belt Law where we need another violation to make the stop. We can stop based solely on our observation of them using a phone or an electronic device," said Kobza.


Bill S.2198 191st (Current):

new bills at MA legislature
 

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