The Governor has signed a new MA hands-free law banning drivers from using cell phones and other handheld devices while they are driving. Here are some of the details about what you need to know about the new MA hands-free law.
- The new MA hands-free law takes effect February 23, 2020
- The new MA hands-free law will be enforced starting April 1, 2020
- Driver can only use a single tap or swipe, or voice to activate phone
- Driver cannot hold the phone, it must be attached to dashboard, windshield or console
- Driver cannot read or watch phone
- Emergencies are excepted
- Fines will be $100 the first time someone is stopped, and the fines go up for subsequent stops
- Driver texting has been forbidden since 2010
If you have questions about how to use GPS or answer your phone in a way that will fit into the new MA hands-free law, please make an appointment and we will show you what you can do. Here is an article from NPR about how the new law will affect you.