Massachusetts No-Fault Personal Injury Insurance and Negligence
February 8, 2010 – Boston, Mass. – Massachusetts could be next on the list of states that restrict cell phone use while driving in order to promote highway safety.
According to SouthCoastToday.com, House representatives approved a recent amendment that would ban the use of holding a cell phone while driving. If the amendment passes, Massachusetts drivers could still talk while driving, but only if they use a hands-free phone with voice-activated dialing. The restrictions are intended to encourage drivers to keep their hands on the steering wheel and their eyes on the road.
The amendment has been added to a recent bill that would ban texting while driving in Massachusetts. Additionally, part of the bill entirely forbids cell phone usage by drivers under age 18.
The Senate has not yet debated the bill, which reportedly would also require senior drivers over the age of 75 to obtain vision tests before they are cleared to continue driving in Massachusetts. The final aspect of the proposed bill would allow physicians to contact the Registry of Motor Vehicles in order to report the names of patients that they believe can no longer drive safely, whether because of vision problems or other health issues.
If approved, Massachusetts would join state such as California, New York, and Connecticut, which already have cell phone restrictions for drivers.
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