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: Mass.gov)
This new law will take effect on September 30, 2010.
Law Enforcement has the right to pull you over even if they suspect you of texting. This includes texting in stop-and-go traffic or at a red light. Just don’t do it.
Aside from the danger it poses, texting while driving fees and penalties can extremely weighty, even if it does not impact your insurance policy.