Massachusetts’ New “Safe Driving Bill”: No #TextingWhileDriving

If you haven’t heard already, MA Governor Deval Patrick signed a new law banning texting while driving on July 2, 2010. The “Safe Driving Bill” also prohibits drivers from accessing the web or generally tinkering with their phone while operating their vehicle. Police will not only target vehicles in motion, but also those stopped at stop signs and red lights.

Drivers who disobey the new law face fines ranging from $100 to $500. However, these drivers will not be surcharged. In other words, they will not have any “points” added to their MA auto insurance policy.

Drivers under the age of 18 are not only banned from texting, but also from talking on the phone. Teen drivers who are apprehended for texting while driving will not only have to pay the $100 fine, but will also have their license revoked for 60 days. Furthermore, these drivers must take an “Attitude” course in order to get their license reinstated.  Second offenses call for a $250 fine and a 180-day license suspension. The third offense is a bit more severe; these drivers will have to pay a $500 fine and have their license revoked for a year. They will also have to take a driver-retraining course. (Source:

As part of the legislation, drivers over the age of 75 will also have to take a vision test every 5 years to stay on the road.

So, in all, keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Or you may have to incur unnecessary costs. It may be wise to invest in a hands-free device for your teen so he or she can avoid the dangerous temptation to text.

Massachusetts is the 29th state in the US to ban texting while driving. (Source:

3 Responses to Massachusetts’ New “Safe Driving Bill”: No #TextingWhileDriving

  1. Erik Wood says:

    Legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of this issue. I just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more than 3000 times a month. New college students no longer have email addresses! They use texting and Facebook – even with their professors. This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not going away.

    I decided to do something about it after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver . Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the user (especially teens) I built a tool that is a simple app for smartphones – low cost, no recurring fees. We can empower the individual and change will come to our highways now and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner

  2. […] Patrick signed the No Texting While Driving Bill. I’ll paste the most important section from our article: Drivers who disobey the new law face fines ranging from $100 to $500. However, these […]

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