Hands Free Cell Phone Laws in MA and RI
In order to stay safe on the road while driving, it is important that you minimize any and all distractions that may hinder your ability to focus directly on the road. Did you know that both Massachusetts and Rhode Island have instilled laws regarding being hands-free with your cell phones? Check out the laws for each state and how they differ.
In Massachusetts, starting on October 1st, 2017, a law was created in hopes of reducing dangerous driving as a whole. This law completely bans texting and driving, and specifically notes that drivers who are 18 or younger are not allowed to use an electronic device while driving, even if it is hands-free and through a mount or Bluetooth. By removing the distraction of using an electronic device, drivers will be able to focus directly on the road and their surroundings. In addition to this, drivers who are 75 years old, or older, must renew their license at the DMV, in person, and take a vision test.
In Rhode Island, starting on June 1st, 2018, a law was created making it completely illegal to use your cell phone while driving, unless it is via Bluetooth or a mounted device. This law was created to remove distracted driving, which in turn will prevent crashes, damages to vehicles as well as any injuries that often stem from distracted driving.
Did you know that when checking a notification or text message, or even dialing someone’s number in your cell phone, you are looking away from the road for up to five seconds, or longer? When you are on the road, every second matters, and the five seconds spent looking at your electronic device can cause serious injuries to you and others. Regardless of what state you live in, please be sure to stay safe while driving and respond to calls and texts once your vehicle is in park!