The outpouring of concern statewide from the Amateur Radio Community
regarding the impact of the Distracted Driving Law has gotten the
attention of our Legislators on Beacon Hill in Boston. Ray, KB1LRL, and
Tom, K1TW, wish to thank all the ARRL members in both Western and
Eastern Massachusetts who communicated our concerns so effectively as a
community to the Senators and Representatives and staff across the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
This afternoon Tom Walsh, K1TW, Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager
was contacted by the General Counsel of the Joint Committee on
Transportation. After discussing these concerns, Ray and Tom were asked
to convey the following guidance to our members in both Eastern and
Western Massachusetts sections. This guidance is intended to assure
everyone that the new law “permits use of a “federally licensed
2–way radio” provided that “1 hand remains on the steering wheel
at all times.”. Clearly this is good news.
We are pleased to receive this opinion in writing which states “that a
person may operate a motor vehicle while using a federally licensed
2–way radio or mobile telephone, except as provided in sections 8M,
12A and 13B, as long as 1 hand remains on the steering wheel at all
This statement above appears in the first sentence of Section 13, of the
Massachusetts General Laws as referenced in the final bill.
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