Your Guide to March

National Grammar Day 

“Let’s eat Grandma.” Do you know what’s wrong with this sentence? Thank grammar for ensuring Grandma joins you for a meal and doesn’t become one!

National Day of Unplugging 

Take a break from digital connectivity and give your mind time to unwind. Hug your kid, talk to a friend, and connect with loved ones face-to-face instead of face-to-phone.

Daylight Saving Begins 

That must mean spring is on the way! Remember to spring forward one hour.


International Women’s Day

Each and every person can make a difference for gender equality. Celebrate women and their achievements, contributions, and abilities today. #EachforEqual

Tournament Time

Choose your brackets and prepare for a descent into basketball madness.

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First Day of Spring

The days grow longer, the nights grow warmer, and spring fever takes hold. Happy spring!

Are You Ready?? Hands-Free While Driving – Starts Sunday

Hands-Free Law

Hands-Free While Driving

Hands Free Driving

Hands-Free While Driving
It’s the Law.
February 23

Fines Up To $500

Massachusetts law prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode.

The “hands-free” law is effective as of February 23, 2020.

Penalty for violating the hands-free law:

  • 1st offense – $100 fine.
  • 2nd offense – $250 fine, plus mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational program.
  • 3rd and subsequent offenses – $500 fine, plus insurance surcharge and mandatory completion of distracted driving educational program.

What does this mean for me?

Drivers who are 18 and over

  • Can only use electronic devices and mobile phones in hands-free mode and are only permitted to touch devices to activate hands-free mode.
  • Not permitted to hold or support any electronic device/phone.
  • Cannot touch phone except to activate the hands-free mode and can only enable when the device is installed or properly mounted to the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that does not impede the operation of the motor vehicle.
  • Not allowed to touch device for texting, emailing, apps, video, or internet use.
  • Activation of GPS navigation is permitted when the device is installed or properly mounted.
  • Handheld use is allowed only if the vehicle is both stationary and not located in a public travel lane or a bicycle lane, but is not allowed at red lights or stop signs.
  • Voice to text and communication to electronic devices is legal only when device is properly mounted; use of headphone (one ear) is permitted.

Drivers who are under 18

  • Are not allowed to use any electronic devices. All phone use while driving is illegal, including use in hands-free mode.


Operators may use a cell phone to call 911 to report an emergency. If possible, safely pull over and stop before calling 911.

Additional Resources

Read the Hands-Free Law Statute

Hands-Free Facts Pamphlet (PDF 2.91 MB)

Courtsey of Mass.gov https://www.mass.gov/service-details/hands-free-law?fbclid=IwAR1eoFRUqEL4WOEENClorAJsdPK9ddbh4OtGfOwM6VzCZH4_wgpc37–OCo

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Massachusetts Hands Free Driving Law Begins February 23rd!


We are all guilty of chatting on the phone as we drive, especially in my line of work, I am doing a lot of work calls as I am getting from point A to point B. My car is my mobile office! It has always been one of my pet peeves seeing drivers texting or just playing on their phones as they drive. I never know where I am safer…driving behind them or just passing them and leaving them behind.  I admit, I have checked an email or text at a stop light, and I have adjusted driving directions on my phone when it is on the dashboard mount, but never while driving. With all that said, I am very happy this law is in place.


Here are the quick details of the new law:

For drivers 18 or over:

  • Can only use electronic devices and mobile phones in hands-free mode and are only permitted to touch devices to activate hands-free mode

  • Are not permitted to hold or support any electronic device/phone

  • Cannot touch phone except to activate the hands-free mode and can only enable when the device is installed or properly mounted to the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that does not impede the operation of the motor vehicle

  • Are not allowed to touch device for texting, emailing, apps, video, or internet use

  • Activation of GPS navigation is permitted when the device is installed or properly mounted

  • Handheld use is allowed only if the vehicle is both stationary and not located in a public travel lane, but is not allowed at red lights or stop signs

  • Voice to text and communication to electronic devices is legal only when device is properly mounted; use of headphone (one ear) is permitted

For drivers under the age of 18:

  • No use any electronic devices. All phone use while driving is illegal, including use in hands-free mode.

The fines for violating the hands-free law are as follows:

  • 1st offense – $100 fine

  • 2nd offense – $250 fine, plus mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational program

  • 3rd and subsequent offenses – $500 fine, plus insurance surcharge and mandatory completion of distracted driving educational program

Drivers will be allowed to use a cell phone to call 911 for an emergency but are advised, if possible, to pull over safely before calling 911.



10 tips for managing driver distractions

  1. Turn it off. Turn your phone off or switch to silent mode before you get in the car. Or better yet, put the phone away in a place it cannot be accessed while driving.

  2. Spread the word. Set up a special message to tell callers that you are driving and you’ll get back to them as soon as possible, or sign up for a service that offers this.

  3. Pull over. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area first.

  4. Use your passengers. Ask a passenger to communicate for you.

  5. X the text. Don’t ever text and drive, surf the web or read your email while driving. It is dangerous and against the law in most states.

  6. Know the law. Familiarize yourself with state and local laws before you get in the car.

  7. Prepare. Start your GPS or review maps and directions before you start to drive. If you need help when you are on the road, ask a passenger to help or pull over to a safe location to review the map and/or directions.

  8. Secure your pets. Pets can be a big distraction in the car. Always secure your pets properly before you start to drive.

  9. Keep the kids safe. Pull over to a safe location to address situations with your children in the car.

  10. Focus on the task at hand. Refrain from smoking, eating, drinking, reading and any other activity that takes your mind and eyes off the road.

Your Guide to February

 

#GoRedforWomen and join the movement to end heart disease and stroke by wearing red today.


 Academy Awards 

 Roll out your own red carpet and tune in to see which stars of the silver screen will take home an Oscar® this year.


 

 
Valentine’s Day 

 Fun fact: About 40% of people would like to receive a V-Day gift, but only 25% plan to give one. Better get that box of chocolates, just in case.


 


 Presidents’ Day 

 Happy Birthday, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln!

 

  


Why is it called Fat Tuesday? It’s the direct translation of the French words Mardi (Tuesday) and gras (fat), which reflects the practice of overindulgence that often takes place before lent.

 

  

​​ Leap Day

 It only comes around every four years! But why? The Earth takes 365.242 days to orbit around the sun, so leap years are needed to balance our calendars with those extra hours.

 

 

 

 

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