Distracted Driving Law to Take Effect

Hands-free driving is finally upon Massachusetts motorists. After years trying to pass a distracted driving bill, lawmakers came to agreement on legislation that bans motorists from using handheld electronic devices — yes, cell phones — while driving, unless in hands-free mode. Motorists can still use navigation apps if it takes a single swipe to a device mounted on the windshield, dashboard or center console.

The law takes effect Feb. 23. First offenses will cost $100, second offenses $250 and third and subsequent offenses $500 and auto insurance surcharges.

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