New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby bupahs » Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:47 pm

We just went through this in Pennsylvania, it all boils down to the arresting officer's interpretation of the law. I was pulled over 3 weeks after our law went into affect, showed the officer my Waze and he told me to next time pull over before entering in data. Fair enough. He did not ticket me.

I use a dash mount which also gives the impression that my cell phone is my GPS navigation and that helps A LOT.

I understand and support these laws, but I do want the same freedom that other GPS users have to use their device when on the move. In PA we are currently fighting the wording of the law 'Mobile electronic device' since most new GPS units connect and interact with the internet for traffic alert delivery and most need some form of user interaction. These laws are pretty new in the states so a lot of work is needed to make them fair. As it stands now my local town (Lancaster) has held off on enacting the new law until the wording is corrected and what can be used as a GPS device is clearly defined.
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New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby dburr10085 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:07 pm

It's NC but according to the law here you are able to use waze while driving. You can do a search for WRAL then waze to see the report I was in.
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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby jedwards » Thu Aug 26, 2010 11:46 am

I have been looking for information about the new law and most of what I found seems to say that navigation on a phone is not going to be allowed. The law does allow the use of GPS if it is NOT on a phone. I tried contacting Verizon to see if they had any information on using a phone for navigation with the new law since they sell VZ navigator for their phones and promote navigation as one of the core features of their android phones. I think they missed the point of the email because all I got back was a "Verizon Wireless can't comment on rumors from third parties internet sites" and "Verizon Wireless certainly advises you to obey your State laws".


http://www.masslive.com/chicopeeholyoke/republican/index.ssf?/base/news-28/127814175215190.xml&coll=1

"Rep. Joseph F. Wagner, D-Chicopee, said people can still use a GPS while driving, but not if the GPS application is on a phone. People won't be allowed to use a phone to go on the Internet and search for maps, Wagner said. "
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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby jimheem » Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:04 am

Not sure on the Mass. Law, but here in Connecticut, the law specifically allows drivers to interact with a Navigation system. So just make sure waze is visable on your screen if you get pulled over.

" "Mobile electronic device" means any hand-held or other portable electronic equipment capable of providing data communication between two or more persons, including a text messaging device, a paging device, a personal digital assistant, a laptop computer, equipment that is capable of playing a video game or a digital video disk, or equipment on which digital photographs are taken or transmitted, or any combination thereof, but does not include any audio equipment or any equipment installed in a motor vehicle for the purpose of providing navigation, emergency assistance to the operator of such motor vehicle or video entertainment to the passengers in the rear seats of such motor vehicle. "

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/ACT/PA/2010P ... 427-PA.htm
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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby jimheem » Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:08 pm

I have not read the Mass law, but the major difference may be if you are holding the phone in your hand VS mounted in a dock on the dash.
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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby kitykity » Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:35 pm

To the best of my knowledge, here in Texas, texting is only forbidden in active school zones... so is talking on the phone. They're serious as a heart attack about it, too.

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New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby Mscat » Thu Aug 19, 2010 3:29 am

I hope everyone is aware of the new law in MA regarding texting that is effective on 9/30/2010. Under a section of the new law, if you are stopped for texting you could receive a ticket of $100.00. So be careful when sending your Waze alerts. I don't know if our Waze alerts would be considered as texting. I hope not!

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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby Mscatinboston » Fri Oct 01, 2010 4:52 am

Hello MA drivers, how did you survive the 1st day of no texting? I had my phone on my docking station with Waze on, but I was not comfortable having it on my dashboard. Instead, put it on my front passanger seat. Please share your experience. Thanks. :shock:
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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby QuickOK » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:40 am

You think that's bad... we have a law getting ready to go into effect that says to the affect if you even appear to be distracted, including but not limited to texting, that any law enforcement officer can pull you over and ticket/arrest you (in the most severe cases)... however it could be argued that you weren't "texting"... but really what are the odds that you are going to be caught doing it... if you even do text or type while driving.
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Re: New Massachusetts Law Against Texting Begins On 9/30/2010

Postby robin1979 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 7:41 am

Wow!

Seriously cheap 8-). Costs of texting while driving are much higher on average here in Europe.
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