Navigating Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Law

Navigating Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Law

As a law firm dedicated to ensuring our clients understand and adhere to Massachusetts’ laws, we believe it’s crucial to discuss the state’s Hands-Free Law. This law, enacted in 2020, has significant implications for drivers and aims to enhance road safety by reducing distractions caused by mobile devices. Here’s what you need to know:

Understanding the Hands-Free Law

The Hands-Free Law prohibits the use of hand-held electronic devices while operating a vehicle. This includes composing, sending, or reading electronic messages (texts, emails, etc.), as well as making phone calls unless using hands-free technology.

Key Provisions of the Law

1. Hands-Free Devices: Drivers must use hands-free technology, such as Bluetooth or mounted phone holders, to use their phones while driving.

2. Emergency Situations: In emergencies, drivers are permitted to make calls to 911 or emergency services. However, it’s advisable to pull over if possible.

3. Penalties: Violations of the Hands-Free Law can result in fines, license suspensions, and increased insurance rates. Subsequent offenses carry steeper penalties.

Importance of Compliance

Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents, injuries, and fatalities on the road. By adhering to the Hands-Free Law, drivers can help reduce these incidents and protect themselves and others on the road.

Tips for Compliance

1. Prepare in Advance: Set up hands-free devices before driving to minimize distractions.
2. Passenger Assistance: Encourage passengers to assist with navigation or phone calls.
3. Lead by Example: Demonstrate safe driving habits to others on the road.

How Our Firm Can Help

At Johnson, Sclafani & Moriarty, we understand the importance of legal compliance and safety on the road. Our team is here to provide legal advice and representation for individuals facing legal issues related to the Hands-Free Law. We are committed to helping our clients navigate the complexities of Massachusetts’ laws and protect their rights. If you have any questions or legal concerns regarding the Hands-Free Law, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 413-732-8356.