Post Content

Governor Deval Patrick today signed legislation that bans text-messaging for all Massachusetts drivers, prohibits junior operators from using cell phones and institutes new license renewal procedures for mature drivers, among other provisions.

Under the new law which takes effect in October, any driver caught composing or reading a text message can be cited and fined $100. Operators of public transportation vehicles who violate the ban will be subject to a $500 fine. Law enforcement will have the authority to stop any driver suspected of texting. However, the offense will not be considered a moving violation and will not be subject to an insurance surcharge.

Drivers under 18 cited for using any type of cell phone or mobile electronic device with or without a hands-free feature will be subject to a $100 fine and a 60-day suspension of their driver's license. Offenders will also have to complete a driver attitudinal course before their license is reinstated. Massachusetts is the 29th state to ban dangerous driving behavior.

The MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles will also require any driver age 75 or older to renew their license in person at an RMV branch or office location and undergo a vision test every five years. The division will also develop standards to help law enforcement, health care providers and families better assess a driver's ability to handle a vehicle safely.

Additionally, under the new law, any driver who acrews three or more surchargeable incidents within a two year period will be required to take a driver retraining and safety course or face the suspension of their license.

This comprehensive legislation is the result of significant input and support from advocates for safe roads and safe driving including AAA, Safe Roads Alliance, and members of the Safe Roads Now Coalition, along with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) and other elder services advocates.

MassDOT RMV Division serves more than 4.6 million drivers at 30 branch locations and online at www.mass.gov/rmv.

Written By:

Recent Posts

Natick: Marion Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Dec 16

Natick: Marion Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule

MassDOT is pleased to announce that the bridge that carries Marion Street over the MBTA railroad tracks in Natick reopened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic Friday, several months ahead of schedule. “We are proud of the hard work of our MassDOT crews and contractors who   …Continue Reading Natick: Marion Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule

MassDOT, MBTA, Massport: Baker-Polito Administration Prepared for Winter Weather posted on Dec 15

MassDOT, MBTA, Massport: Baker-Polito Administration Prepared for Winter Weather

With the winter weather season beginning, Governor Charlie Baker today joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez, Keolis CEO and General Manager David Scorey, and Massport CEO Thomas P. Glynn at a news conference in Somerville to highlight resiliency and preparedness   …Continue Reading MassDOT, MBTA, Massport: Baker-Polito Administration Prepared for Winter Weather

MBTA: FMCB Third Annual Report: T transformation “is gaining speed” posted on Dec 15

MBTA: FMCB Third Annual Report: T transformation “is gaining speed”

Less than three years after its near physical and organizational collapse, the MBTA’s transformation into a safe, reliable, and well-managed transit system “is gaining speed,” according to the Third Annual Report of the Fiscal and Management Control Board. The FMCB was created to govern the   …Continue Reading MBTA: FMCB Third Annual Report: T transformation “is gaining speed”