Texting and driving, like all cell phone use while driving, is very dangerous, which is why all drivers in Massachusetts can only use hands-free devices while driving. That means no texting or calling on handheld devices while driving, no matter how old you are. These laws are under primary enforcement, meaning that even if you’re not performing any other illegal activity, the police can stop you for using handheld devices while driving.
Penalties and Fines
For breaking handheld device laws while driving, you’ll receive two points on your driving record per violation. For the second offense, you’ll be required to complete a distracted driving program, and for the third offense, you’ll get a surcharge on your insurance. There are also fines: $100 for the first offense, $250 for the second offense, and $500 for all subsequent offenses.
Not only is texting and driving dangerous, but it can also lead to higher auto insurance rates if you get into an accident. Whenever you’re driving, texting can wait.