Massachusetts

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Massachusetts. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes AV testing with a human operator.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders 1 or older and younger than 17. Children under 1 year of age prohibited.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1967.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

5 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

75 and over: renewal in person only

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for medical and recreational use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

90 days

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for repeat convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.2

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Child Restraint Required

7 yrs or under and under 57" tall

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-12 yrs or 57" or taller

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

Nighttime driving: 18 years
Driving with passengers: 17 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

40; 30 with advanced driver training

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16 / 6

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

12:30 a.m. - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement 12:30 a.m. - 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. - 5 a.m.)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 6 months: no passengers under 18

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Type of Law

Secondary

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Who is Covered?

13 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

None

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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