Massachusetts House votes to ban hand-held devices while driving

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts House voted 153 to 1 to approve the legislation that bans everyone from using handheld electronic devices while driving.

Massachusetts currently bans texting while driving and prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using hand-held electronic devices.

The new bill would extend that hand-held device ban to drivers of all ages. The bill would allow drivers a single tap or swipe to turn on a hands-free feature like Bluetooth. But otherwise, drivers won’t be allowed to touch or even hold the phone while driving regardless of whether you’re stopped at a red light.

Drivers could be fined anywhere between $100 and $500 dollars if they’re caught using their phone while driving.

Lawmakers are predicting that the bill, which took years to come together, will save countless lives on the roads.

The Massachusetts House voted to ban hand-held devices while driving. If caught, drivers would be fined between $100 to $500.

Posted by WWLP-22News on Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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