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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

New England Fall Events

New England Fall Events

Play Local. Stay Local. 

New England Fall Events is your best guide for seasonal fun and fall activities. 

We have state-by-state guides to the best PYO apple picking, pumpkin patches, hayrides, food festivals, harvest celebrations, and events for the fall season. New England Fall Events makes it easy to create new fall traditions and priceless family memories. This is a guide for New Englanders, by New Englanders.

Slow down and savor New England’s fall culture and traditions by celebrating the orchards, farms, small businesses, seasonal attractions, fall festivals, and local food which are the very fabric of our communities.

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It certainly feels like spring today!

Spring is certainly right around the corner and even though the flowers aren’t quite blooming just yet, this is a great time to prepare your home for the spring market! 434_large_image

If you are a prospective seller, it is important to use this time to start getting your home ready:

 
Start Interviewing Prospective Realtors
One of the most important thing to do when selling your home is to find a great agent to represent you. If you don’t have one already, then get recommendations from friends and interview different agents to find one who will be the best fit for you. A good listing agent should have a great marketing plan, experience, and deep knowledge of the area and market. Don’t simply go with the one who tells you they can sell your home at the highest price – choose someone who can present you with a detailed and realistic market analysis to back up their numbers.

 

Make a Plan
A big mistake a lot of sellers make is not having a plan. Here are some questions you should be asking yourself:

Are you planning on buying another home once your home sells?
Do you have the option to move in with family?
Can you rent?
Can you buy non-contingent?
Think about these things and discuss your financing options with a local lender before you list. If you can get pre-approved to buy a home non-contingent it will give you a huge advantage over another seller selling their home subject to finding a suitable property to purchase.

Clear the Clutter
This may seem like a no-brainer but its really important! Be proactive and start the cleaning process now.

Wash your windows, Dust your blinds, Dust baseboard trims, Clean appliances, Clean showers and toilets, Clean inside cabinets. When you’re selling your home, it’s important to de-clutter too. Plus it will give you a head start on moving packing. Clean out your closets and pack away anything that’s not a necessity. Your home will look so much better and most likely sell a lot faster if its organized and de-cluttered.

Prospective buyers are going to want to step into your home and see a place they can visualize living in and making their own. The best way to do that is to create a blank slate. Keep it neat, reduce the amount of clutter you have on shelves and surfaces, and depersonalize as much as you can. The idea is to showcase your home without distracting from it.

 

Make Repairs and Improvements
The last thing anyone wants to do before they sell their home is to dump a bunch of money into it for an extensive renovation; however, there are minor repairs and improvements that can be made to make a home look fresher for potential buyers. Here are a few worthwhile improvements that can be made without spending a fortune:

Freshen Up Paint, Front Door and Hardware, Applying a coat of paint to walls and trim, or even touching up certain areas, can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home. If painting isn’t an option, you can give the walls and trim a thorough cleaning to improve the overall space. It’s also a good idea to spruce up your front door, since that’s the first thing a buyer will see when they walk in.

 

Spruce up the Curb Appeal
You want to impress potential buyers as soon as they step onto the property or take a drive by, which means making the outside of your home look as appealing as possible. Make the extra effort to rake leaves, weed the garden, and mow the lawn. Clean and put out your outdoor furniture, and even consider adding some colorful plants to the front of the house.

 

Know Your Local Spring Market
Every market is different. The best way to be informed about yours is to connect with your realtor. They should advise you on current, past and projected market conditions as well as give you advice on when to list.

The time you list is critical! Wait too long and you could miss the prime selling time frame. There are some realtors who suggest listing earlier and not waiting till spring in order to beat the spring market competition. However, as stated above, it all depends on your local market. This is another reason having a good realtor is of key importance.

 

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Catch some fireworks!

Upcoming fireworks displays in Massachusetts. This list, sorted by date, shows professional supervised fireworks displays for which permits have been filed with the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Information is as of June 23.
Community Date Time Location Rain Date
Auburn
6/29/2017
9:30 PM
Pappas Recreation Complex – 203 Pakachoag Street
6/30/2017
Dracut
6/29/2017
9:00 PM
Dracut H.S. – 1560 Lakeview Avenue
N/A
Somerville
6/29/2017
9:15 PM
Trum Field – Franey Road
7/6/2017
Holyoke
6/30/2017
9:15 PM
Holyoke Community College – Campus Road
7/1/2017
Mashpee
6/30/2017
9:30 PM
Mashpee H.S. – 500 Old Barnstable Rd.
7/1/2017
Northbridge
6/30/2017
9:00 PM
Lasell Field – 171 Linwood Avenue
N/A
Worcester
6/30/2017
9:00 PM
Bell Hill – 170 Belmont Street
7/1/2017
Acton
7/1/2017
9:00 PM
Behind Nara Park – 25 Ledge Rock Way
7/2/2017
Ayer
7/1/2017
9:00 PM
Pirone Park – 36 Bligh Street
7/2/2017
Braintree
7/1/2017
9:30 PM
128 Town Street
7/2/2017
Chicopee
7/1/2017
9:30 PM
Szot Park – Front Street
7/2/2017
Greenfield
7/1/2017
9:30 PM
Poet’s Seat Tower – Mountain Road
7/2/2017
Halifax
7/1/2017
9:00 PM
Halifax Elementary School Field
7/2/2017
Pepperell
7/1/2017
9:30 PM
Nissitissit Middle School – Chase Ave.
7/2/2017
Salisbury
7/1/2017
9:30 PM
Salisbury Beach
N/A
Webster
7/1/2017
9:00 PM
Memorial Beach on Thompson Road
7/2/2017
Marion
7/2/2017
9:20 PM
The Kittansett Club – 11 Point Road
7/3/2017
Marion
7/2/2017
9:15 PM
Barge off Silver Shell Beach – Front St.
7/9/2017
Mashpee
7/2/2017
9:30 PM
Golf Course – 20 Red Brook Road
N/A
Methuen
7/2/2017
9:30 PM
Barge on Merrimack River – Essex Rowing Club – 656 Lowell Street
7/7/2017
Middleborough
7/2/2017
10:00 PM
Battis Field/Pierce playground – Jackson Street
7/3/2017
Oakham
7/2/2017
9:30 PM
Barge on Lake Dean – 203 Bechan Rd.
7/5/2017
Orleans
7/2/2017
9:00 PM
Barge off Rock Harbor Beach – 11 Bay View Drive
7/6/2017
Amesbury
7/3/2017
9:00 PM
Woodsom Farm – 223 Lions Mouth Rd.
7/7/2017
Andover
7/3/2017
9:20 PM
Andover H. S. – 80 Shawsheen Rd.
7/5/2017
Attleboro
7/3/2017
9:20 PM
Parking lot at Cyril Brennan MS – Rathbun Willard Drive
7/5/2017
E. Longmeadow
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
H.S. Athletic Field – Maple Street
7/5/2017
Fitchburg
7/3/2017
10:00 PM
Rollstone Hill – access from Pratt Road
7/7, 8 or 9
Foxborough
7/3/2017
TBD
Patriot Place – Two Patriot Place – Parking Lot 51
N/A
Freetown
7/3/2017
8:00 PM
Hathaway Park – Carleys Way
7/8/2017
Gloucester
7/3/2017
8:30 PM
Fort Area – Stage Fort Park – 1 Hough Ave.
7/7/2017
Harvard
7/3/2017
9:15 PM
Fruitlands Museum – 102 Prospect Hill Rd.
7/7/2017
Haverhill
7/3/2017
9:15 PM
Riverside Park – 163 Lincoln Avenue
7/5/2017
Lawrence
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Field across from H.S. – 71 N. Parish Rd
7/5/2017
Lexington
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Lexington HS Baseball Field – Worthen Road
N/A
Lynn
7/3/2017
9:00 PM
Barge near Red Rock – 76 Marine Blvd.
7/6/2017
Milford
7/3/2017
10:00 PM
Clark Island near Cedar St. – Dilla St.
7/5/2017
Millbury
7/3/2017
9:45 PM
Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue
7/4/2017
Needham
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Needham HS Parking Lot – Admiral Gracy Drive
7/5/2017
New Bedford
7/3/2017
9:00 PM
Barge off Jetties Beach – 7 Fish Island
7/5/2017
North Andover
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Hayes Stadium – 495 Main Street
7/8/2017
Randolph
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Randolph HS baseball field – 70 Memorial Parkway
7/5/2017
Sandwich
7/3/2017
9:00 PM
Ridge Country Club – 70 Country ClubRd.
N/A
Sharon
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Barge on Lake Massapoag – 196 Pond St.
7/9/2017
South Hadley
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
100 Mosier Street
7/5/2017
Stoughton
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
West School Athletic Complex –Pearl St
7/8/2017
Walpole
7/3/2017
9:30 PM
Joe Morgan Memorial Field – 220 School Street
7/5/2017
Bellingham
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Bellingham H.S. – 60 Blackstone Street
N/A
Beverly Farms
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Barge 800’ off West Beach – 43 Water Street
7/5/2017
Bridgewater
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Legion Field – 200 South Street
7/5/2017
Burlington
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Behind Recreation Bldg. – 61 Center St.
7/5/2017
Canton
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Irish Cultural Center – 200 New Boston Rd.
7/5/2017
Edgartown
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Edgartown Harbor – Oak Bluffs Ave.
7/5/2017
Hadley
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Behind McGuirk Stadium – Stadium Dr.
7/5/2017
Hyannis
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Barge in Lewis Bay – 670 Ocean Street
9/2/2017
Lanesborough
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
30 Swamp Road
7/8/2017
Lincoln
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Codman Field – Ballfield Road
7/5/2017
Lowell
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Pedestrian Walkway – Aiken Street
7/5/2017
Marblehead
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Barge in Marblehead Harbor –Commercial Street Wharf
7/5/2017
Mashpee
7/4/2017
Dusk
Willowbend Country Club – 130 Willowbend Drive
7/5/2017
Millbury
7/4/2017
9:45 PM
Lot behind True Value – Howe Avenue
7/5/2017
Newton
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Albermarle Field – 250 Albemarle Road
7/5, 6 or 7
Nahant
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Bailey’s Hill Park – Bass Point Road
N/A
New Bedford
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Barge off Falmouth Beach – 7 Fish Island
7/5/2017
North Adams
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Joe Wolfe Field – 400 Curran Highway
7/5/2017
Pittsfield
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 203 Wahconah St.
7/8/2017
Plymouth
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Town Wharf – Plymouth Harbor
7/5/2017
Provincetown
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Provincetown Public Pier – 24 MacMillian Wharf
N/A
Salem
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
Derby Wharf – Derby Street
7/5/2017
Salisbury
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Salisbury Beach
N/A
Sandwich
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Old Town Cemetery – Grove Street
7/5/2017
Springfield
7/4/2017
9:30 PM
Memorial Bridge – West Columbus Ave & Boland Way
7/5/2017
Wakefield
7/4/2017
9:15 PM
End of Beacon Street – Beacon Street
7/5/2017
Waltham
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Leary Field – 19 Athletic Field Road
7/5/2017
Winthrop
7/4/2017
9:00 PM
Coughlin Park – Bayview Avenue
7/5 & 7/8
East Brookfield
7/8/2017
9:30 PM
Old Landfill – Connie Mack Drive
7/9/2017
Salisbury
7/8/2017
9:30 PM
Salisbury Beach
7/9/2017
Uxbridge
7/8/2017
9:00 PM
McCloskey M.S. – 62 Capron Street
N/A
Sandwich
7/14/2017
9:30 PM
365 Quaker Meeting House Road
N/A
Clinton
7/15/2017
9:10 PM
Veterans Athletic Complex – 275 West Boylston Street
7/16/2017
Salisbury
7/15/2017
9:30 PM
Salisbury Beach
7/16/2017
Pittsfield
7/21/2017
9:30 PM
Pittsfield Cemetery Property – 203 Wahconah St.
7/29/2017
Salisbury
7/22/2017
9:30 PM
Salisbury Beach
7/24/2017
Salisbury
7/29/2017
9:30 PM
Salisbury Beach
7/30/2017
Turners Falls
7/29/2017
9:00 PM
Franklin County Boat Club – Unity Park
N/A

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