|September 16, 2019
Cell Phone Driving Ban, Other Laws, Become Effective Thursday
This Thursday, September 19th, the laws passed by the 129th Maine Legislature (except those that have specified effective dates or those identified as emergency legislation) go into effect. Because the cell phone is a tool frequently used by physicians, the new ban on their use while driving is featured here.
The law says that one may not use, manipulate, or hold a cell phone or other electronic device while the vehicle is being operated on a public way. That means you are not allowed to do anything other than a single swipe to engage voice activation or to turn the device on unless your car is stopped in a location that does not obstruct traffic. CB radios are exempt from the ban.
To use the device it must be attached to the vehicle via a cradle or similar fixation. It can be used in hands-free or voice activation mode if it is so attached. There are no exceptions for using the device in GPS mode.
The Portland Press Herald has run an article of questions and answers from the Maine State Police, which you can read here.< Previous Article | Next Article >
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