One issue that cell phones have brought is the fact that a lot of people will use them as they’re trying to drive. This has made it incredibly difficult for people to stay safe while they’re out on the road. That being said, several states have put in all sorts of different laws in order to try and thwart things from happening, but Massachusetts has put together some of the strictest laws that are out there to date.
Basically, the laws say that you cannot touch your cell phone while you’re driving. Yes, this even means while you’re sitting at a red light or a stop sign. Your steering wheel is supposed to be the only thing that you’re ever holding when you’re in the car. The only thing that you’re allowed to do is touch your Bluetooth device once to answer your call. Then, your hands need to go back onto the wheel and you need to keep going. First time offenders will be fined $150, and then there will be more fines for subsequent offenses in the future. If you’re wanting to fight your charges, let Montoya Shaffer handle your criminal defense case.
The campaign recently started, so a number of police officers have been quite lenient with everything that has been going on. State officials have put out flashing road signs and other things to help people learn about this new law, but there are still people that really don’t know what is going on or how it may affect them. So, officers have been pulling people over, educating them gently, and giving them a warning. The plan is that, as more people learn about it, the citations and fines will start.
It seems to already be making a difference, and we’ll have to see if the accidents in the state end up lessening because of these changes. What do you think about this change in the law? Do you think that it’s going to end up making a difference, or do you think that people will still try to find ways around it? Leave some thoughts in the comments and let us know what you think.