Bill would ban Massachusetts drivers from using hand-held cellphones


BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would bar Massachusetts drivers from using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel is inching closer to final approval by state lawmakers.

A compromise version of the bill was released Monday. The Massachusetts House and Senate had approved separate versions.

The bill would prohibit drivers from holding cellphones while driving — but would allow hands-free cellphones. Massachusetts already bans texting while driving.

The bill would impose fines of $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a subsequent offense.

The bill requires the Registry of Motor Vehicles to collect data from every traffic citation, including the age, race and gender of the driver, without identifying the driver.

The information would help identify law enforcement agencies that may be engaging in racial or gender profiling.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


Download Mobile Apps from WPRI 12
DOWNLOAD APPS NOW: Apple App Store | Google Play Store

Dan Yorke State of Mind: Dan's Daily Update

DYSOM 9/23/2020: Richard Arenberg, Political Science Professor, Brown University Watson Institute

More Dan Yorke State of Mind

Don't Miss

Viewer Pa on


More Live Cams

Community Events & Happenings

More Community

The Border Report Tour

More Border Report Tour