State Legislation

Hands-free win! On November 25, 2019, the Massachusetts House and Senate voted to approve the hands-free bill, and Vision Zero Coalition members joined Governor Baker at the signing ceremony. Governor Baker acknowledged the work of the Coalition and other stakeholders, saying, “We are especially grateful for the many advocates and families that passionately fought to bring this bill to fruition." (Full press release here)

2019 Priorities for Traffic Safety Legislation:

  1. Hands-free -- this legislation will improve the current law against texting-while-driving, which is difficult for officers to enforce, by requiring any use of mobile devices while driving to be hands-free. This bill was signed into law on November 25, 2019!
  2. An Act to reduce traffic fatalities -- this bill would achieve several traffic safety goals including equipping state-contracted trucks with safety side guards, setting a safe passing distance of at least three feet, lowering speed limits on state roads, and more. Learn more here.
  3. An Act relative to automated enforcement -- this bill will allow red light cameras and speed cameras to be placed in certain locations in the Commonwealth by local option. When enacted in other states, automated enforcement has reduced speeding and serious crashes. Learn more here

Read more about these bills and the Day of Action for Road Safety held at the State House on January 23, 2019:

Boston Globe | Governor Baker Proposes Ban on Hand-Held Cellphone Use While Driving


WCVB TV | Handheld cellphone ban included in road safety bill

WBZ News Radio | Governor Baker Proposes Ban On Handheld Cellphone Use While Driving