Last week a new law went into effect barring cell phone use for junior operators and completely abolishing texting while driving. Now every news station in the state is asking people how many of you actually text while drive so I’m not going to ask you that. I’m going to assume you do and shame on you. But I can’t judge, I’ve done it too. I’m surprised I haven’t heard much push back on the law either. I’d expect to hear everyone up in arms complaining that this law infringes on something and in the long run is racist in some way but not to many people are fighting this. To be honest I’d rather drive with someone who’s had a few to drink than someone who’s always texting. At least someone who’s been drinking is actually paying attention to the road.
I guess this is a sign of our little state growing up and being more responsible. So the question is, how can they tell you’ve been texting? If I’m receiving a phone call and reading the display and decide not to answer, can that be confused for texting? Doesn’t an officer require a warrant to search through my phone? What if I have my passcode on and suddenly forget what it is? Oh well, this is the kind of law that is like your mother telling you not to swim after eating. To get the law straight, here’s the quick and dirty. Â You can get the full run down from Mass.Gov
– Improper Use of a Mobile Phone by Operators 18 and Over:
Civil Offense-No insurance surcharge (One hand must be on the steering wheel at all times and no use of device can interfere with driving)
1st offense-$35 assessment
2nd offense in 12 months-$75 assessment
3rd offense in 12 months-$150 assessment
– Sending/Reading Text Messages:
Civil Offense-No insurance surcharge (Operators cannot use any mobile telephone or handheld device capable of accessing the Internet to write, send, or read an electronic message including text messages, emails, and instant messages or to access the Internet while operating a vehicle. Law applies even if the vehicle is stopped in traffic.)
3rd or subs offense-$500
Negligent Operation & Injury from Mobile Phone Use:
Criminal Offense- Insurance surcharge
Earlier this month I went to Canada with a few friends and I will say I had an awesome time.Â We stayed in Montreal at the Hotel Du Fort right off of Saint Catherine.Â The hotel was great, we were up on the 17th floor with a great view of the city.Â We spent most of our time with the nightlife on Crescent street which was packed with awesome bars and restaurants…except for the Hard Rock Cafe.Â Almost all restaurants and bars had outdoor seating and the weather was great.Â The streets were packed with people but it wasn’t really over crowded anywhere.Â We did a lot of bar hopping and the best part was we could walk back to the hotel.Â We didn’t even have to deal with cabs.
If you go to Montreal, I don’t suggest staying at one place, you really need to move around especially on the first night.Â A place I do suggest going is Thursdays for breakfast.Â The meal was awesome and it came with bread, fruit and juice.Â We were pretty much full before we got our main course.Â We ended up catching the comedy festival too.Â They closed off and entire block and filled it with vendors, games and performers.Â The only problem I had with the vacation was having my car ripped apart by US customs.Â They took my cubans!Â Here is a video of my enjoying Canada.
This past Monday we got another snow storm. Not a bad one, I was able to drive into work. So I filmed my drive into work. I decided to use the video to release two tracks I’ve writtin under the Craziators. I hope you enjoy the music and I hope the video is entertaining enough. It was hard to control my car at 682MPH so you damn well better find it entertaining!