Category Archives: Junior Operators

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…

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…

Speeding in Massachusetts

What’s the big deal?  “It’s just a speeding ticket.”  “I would rather just pay the fine.” Have you heard these statements, said them yourself? Section 17 of Chapter 90 of the General Laws of Massachusetts defines speed limits as:   No person operating a motor vehicle on any way shall run it at a rate of…

Permits and Freedom

Finally, that magic day occurs…you turn 16.  Turning 16 in Massachusetts is VERY exciting for the 16 year old and very scary for their parents and others that love them.  FINALLY, you can drive, even if it means driving with your parents. In Massachusetts, you are eligible for your Learner’s Permit on your 16th birthday. …

A Speeding Ticket Can Cost You!

What can it actually cost you if you get round responsible for a moving violation? Well, if you look at the Safe Driver Insurance Plan in Massachusetts (which explains how insurance points are accumulated), each point costs approximately 5% of your insurance premiums. If you are a junior operator, you only need to be found…

Drag Racing Penalties Are Harsh!

If you are an adult driver in Massachusetts, and you are charged with drag racing, you now face much more serious penalties then you did prior to February 26, 2008. Prior to the new law individuals charged with drag racing faced the following penalties: Adults 1st offense: $100-$500 dollar fine and a 30 day license…

Teen Driving Deaths Reduced Following New Junior Operator Law Implementation

The Junior Operator law in Massachusetts is getting attention.  It is getting attention for a few reasons, one because it is very strict and two because the number of teen driving deaths in Massachusetts was lower in 2007 than in 2006. According to the Registrar of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, Anne Collins, the…

How Do Our Cell Phone Laws Compare?

Cell phones and driving have been in the news in Massachusetts quite a bit lately.  That is because there is yet another bill pending to limit (and in some cases ban) how we can use our cell phones when driving. How do other states handle this issue of legislating common sense?  (Which, given the fact…

Cell Phone Vote Stalled in Massachusetts Senate

The cell phone ban bill is currently somewhere between the Massachusetts House of Representatives (who approved the bill) and the Massachusetts Senate. As of today, there is no clear date set for a hearing before the Senators.  However, the potential law and its penalties are becoming a hot topic of discussion around here.  Yesterday, The…

Some of the Reasons for Junior Operator Restrictions

Junior Operator restrictions were not imposed just because a bunch of lawmakers thought “how can I make life more difficult for teenagers?”.  The lawmakers were trying to figure out how to save lives. Young drivers are more likely to get into car accidents than their adult counterparts. According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles:…

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