Massachusetts Law About Traffic Violations
- St.2010, c.155 Safe Driving Law. Effective September 30, 2010. Bans texting, limits cell phone use while driving. New requirements for drivers over 75, more.
- MGL c.89, s.7C Move Over Law. Requires drivers to move "into a lane not adjacent to that of the emergency response vehicle, highway maintenance vehicle or recovery vehicle" whenever possible.
- MGL c.90, Motor Vehicles
- MGL c.90, s.7AA Child passenger restraints
- MGL c.90C Procedure for Motor Vehicle Offenses
- MGL c.90, s.14A Commonly known as the Mass. White Cane Law. Provides protection for blind pedestrians crossing or attempting to cross ways.
- Table of Citable Motor Vehicle Offenses, effective October 23, 2013. Lists the fines for motor vehicle infractions, and indicates offenses which carry criminal penalties.
211 CMR 74 Standards of Fault
211 CMR 134 Safe Driver Insurance Plan Lists minor and major traffic accidents and offenses which subject the violator to "points" on their auto insurance.
540 CMR Registry of Motor Vehicles
700 CMR 7.04 Electronic Toll Collection
76 FR 75470 Restricting the Use of Cellular Phones by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers, as corrected by 76 FR 82179. Restricts the use of
hand-held mobile telephones by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs)
Gillespie v. City of Northampton, 460 Mass. 148 (2011). "[T]he imposition of $275 in filing fees to obtain judicial review of a final decision of a municipal parking clerk regarding a parking citation [does not offend] the Massachusetts Constitution."
Police Department of Salem v. Sullivan, 460 Mass. 637 (2011). Court OKs substantial filing fees to contest civil motor vehicle citations. In footnote 7, the court states, "the requirement in St.2009, c. 27, § 74, of a fifty dollar fee to appeal the clerk-magistrate's finding is in conflict with rule VII(b)(3) of the Trial Court Rules, the Uniform Rule on Civil Motor Vehicle Infractions (LexisNexis 2010–2011), which states that '[t]here shall be no filing fee' for an appeal to a judge from the finding and disposition of a clerk-magistrate. We recognize that, where a court rule is in irreconcilable conflict with a statute, 'the statute supersedes the rule.'"
AAA Digest of Motor Laws. An "online compendium of laws and rules related to driving and owning a motor vehicle in the United States and Canada." Select a topic such as accident reporting, move over law, seatbelts and more, and get easy access to the laws of all 50 states.
Cell Phone and Texting Laws, Governors Highway Safety Association, 2011. Outlines all state cell phone and text messaging laws.
Civil Motor Vehicle Infractions: Frequently Asked Questions, Mass. District Court. Covers nineteen issues concerning what may happen after you receive a traffic ticket.
How to Win Your Case in Traffic Court Without a Lawyer, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. While not specific to Massachusetts, provides helpful information on how to prepare to go to court to contest a ticket. Requires Library Card for access.
Information About US State Highway Safety Laws, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Details selected motor vehicle laws by state, including cell phone laws, licensing systems for young drivers, helmet laws and more.
Mandatory License Suspensions, Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Federal Highway Administration, 2009 edition. MUTCD defines the standards used nationwide to install and maintain the signs, signals, and pavement markings on all streets and highways. See also:Massachusetts Amendments to the 2009 MUTCD (2012).
Massachusetts Driver's Manual, Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles. An online version of the booklet you get along with your Learner's Permit, this site includes all the key information needed to drive legally in Massachusetts. Chapters include: obtaining your license, keeping your license, rules of the road and more.
Pay a Citation Online, Mass. Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Safe Driver Insurance Plan, Mass. Division of Insurance. "How SDIP Works, Appealing Surcharges, Hearing Locations and More."
Table of Citable Motor Vehicle Offenses, effective October 23, 2013. Lists the fines for motor vehicle infractions, and indicates offenses which carry criminal penalties.
Vehicular Crimes, Mass. District Attorneys Association.
Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Offenses: Criminal, Civil, and Registry Practice, MCLE, loose-leaf.
Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Stops Benchbook, Flaschner Judicial Institute, 2010.