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Massachusetts regulation prohibits operators of motor automobiles and bicycles from utilizing any digital machine, together with cellular telephones, except the machine is utilized in hands-free mode.

The hands-free regulation took impact as of February 23, 2020.

Penalty for violating the hands-free regulation:

  • 1st offense – $100 fantastic.

  • 2nd offense – $250 fantastic, plus necessary completion of a distracted driving academic program.

  • third and subsequent offenses – $500 fantastic, plus insurance coverage surcharge and necessary completion of distracted driving academic program.

What does this imply for me?

Drivers who’re 18 and over

  • Can solely use digital gadgets and cell phones in hands-free mode and are solely permitted to the touch gadgets to activate hands-free mode.

  • Not permitted to carry or assist any digital machine/telephone.

  • Can’t contact telephone besides to activate the hands-free mode and may solely allow when the machine is put in or correctly mounted to the windshield, dashboard, or middle console in a way that doesn’t impede the operation of the motorized vehicle.

  • Not allowed to the touch machine for texting, emailing, apps, video, or web use.

  • Activation of GPS navigation is permitted when the machine is put in or correctly mounted.

  • Handheld use is allowed solely if the car is each stationary and not situated in a public journey lane, however is not allowed at purple lights or cease indicators.

  • Voice to textual content and communication to digital gadgets is authorized solely when machine is correctly mounted; use of headphone (one ear) is permitted.

Drivers who’re below 18

Operators could use a cellular phone to name 911 to report an emergency. If attainable, safely pull over and cease earlier than calling 911.

Hands-Free Driving Pamphlet