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Our Senior Partner Charlie Perkins has forwarded some information about Massachusetts' new Distracted Driving Law and its particulars.  They are as follows:

DRIVERS WHO ARE 18 AND OVER…………………………..
**Can only use electronic devices and mobile phones in hands-free mode and are
only permitted to touch devices to activate hands-free mode.
**Not permitted to hold or support any electronic device/phone.
**Cannot touch phone except to activate the hands-free mode and can only enable
when the device is installed or properly mounted to the windshield, dashboard, or
center console in a manner that does not impede the operation of the motor vehicle.
**Not allowed to 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.
**Voice to text and communication to electronic devices is legal only when the device is properly mounted; use of headphone (one ear) is permitted.
DRIVERS WHO ARE UNDER 18………………………
** Are not allowed to use ANY electronic devices. All phone use is illegal, including use in hands-free mode.

PENALITIES FOR VIOLATING THE HANDS-FREE LAW……
1ST Offense………..$100 fine
` 2nd Offense………..$250 fine, plus mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational
program
3rd and subsequent offense…….$500 fine, plus insurance surcharge and mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational program


OPERATORS MAY USE A CELL PHONE TO CALL 911 TO REPORT AN EMERGENCY. IF POSSIBLE, SAFELY PULL OVER AND STOP BEFORE CALLING 911.

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