Category Archives: Driving Law

Elderly Drivers are Impacted by the New Texting Ban

Elderly drivers always seem to be in the news – not the majority of them who drive well, use proper caution and follow the rules of the road.  It seems that all are up in arms about the ‘danger’ of the elderly driving.  This is a very real concern for the general public and for…

What’s Considered a Mobile Device and What Can I Use While on the Road with the New Law?

The new anti-texting law takes effect on September 30, 2010 in Massachusetts.   This law prohibits using any mobile device. What does this mean?  It means you can’t: WRITE electronic messages (texts, IM’s, emails, etc) READ electronic messages (texts, IM’s, emails, etc.) SEND electronic messages (texts, IM’s, emails, etc.) ACCESS THE INTERNET PLAY VIDEO GAMES…

The New Anti-Texting Law in Massachusetts: Junior Operators

If you drive in Massachusetts, you’ve certainly noticed the large signs on the road telling drivers that as of September 30, 2010 you can no longer text and drive. Teens can no longer use a phone and drive, except in the case of an emergency.  The law sets forth the only times a teen can…

Overview of the MA No-Texting Law (effective 9/30)

So, finally, the Massachusetts Legislature has gotten it together and actually finalized the no texting law.  It is now set to go into effect on September 30, 2010. Here’s what it means: There is to be no texting while driving. Texting includes:  sending of emails, instant messages or reading of emails, instant messages or texts…

Overview of the No-Texting Law

So, finally, the Massachusetts Legislature has gotten it together and has actually finalized the no texting law.  It’s set to go into effect on September 30, 2010. Here are a few of the highlights: 1.  There will be no texting while driving.  This means no sending of emails, instant messages or reading of emails, instant…

Qualifications to Operate a Motor Vehicle in Massachusetts: Elderly or Disabled?

Are there physical qualifications to operate a motor vehicle? The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Medical Affairs Branch is responsible for setting forth policies and procedures regarding physical qualifications for driving.  The policies are set from recommendations from the Registry’s Medical Advisory Board. The Medical Advisory Board, is appointed by statute: Mass. Gen. Laws c….

What Happens at Arraignment?

Arraignment is when you are officially charged with a crime in front of judge. You get to arraignment one of four ways.  The first way is a little less pleasant. 1. Worse case scenario – You are arrested and brought to court either the same day or the next day.  Here are a few scenarios where…

Habitual Traffic Offender – Hardship License

Have you received a notice that your license is suspended because you are a Habitual Traffic Offender (or “HTO”)?   You may not have been paying attention to your driving record, or even been unaware of this possible license revocation.  The potential for being classified as an HTO and having your licenses suspended for FOUR or…

But I Will Automatically Lose My License if I Refuse!

This is a common statement regarding the current state of the law regarding breath test (or other chemical test) refusal in Massachusetts.  It is true; if you don’t take a breathalyzer your license WILL be suspended.  The length of the suspension depends on your age and whether or not you have previously been convicted of…

Junior Operators and Speeding

A question that has come up a lot in my practice recently is whether or not a Junior Operator’s license will be suspended for a moving violation that is not speeding. The answer, after a lot of research, basically ruling out all the alternatives is that the purpose of the new Junior Operator Statute is…

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