In Massachusetts, a junior operator is any operator under 18. Massachusetts has strict regulations concerning Junior Operators, with harsh punishments.
Use of Mobile Phones by Junior Operator
- A Junior Operator is not permitted to use a mobile phone or handheld device for any purpose while operating in Massachusetts. Reporting an Emergency with a mobile phone is the only exception. Operators are encouraged to pull over to do so.
- A first offense results in a $100 fine with a 60 day license suspension and a attitudinal course
- A second offense results in a $250 fine and a 180 day license suspension
- A third or subsequent offense results in a $500 fine and a 1 year license suspension
Negligent Operation and Injury From Mobile Phone Use (Criminal Offense)
- A first offense results in a 180 day license suspension
- A second offense or subsequent within 3 years results in a 1 year suspension
- A $500 reinstatement fee is imposed on the operator
Speeding Carries a 90 day suspension with driver retraining course and a SCARR course, as well as a $500 reinstatement fee and the requirement to retake the license test. A second or third offense triggers a one year suspension, along with the classes and reinstatement fees.
The best way to avoid these suspensions is to appeal the citations and win. If you would like a consultation regarding the citations, please contact our office. If you have paid the citations, and are facing the suspensions, you may be elligible for a hardship license through the Registry of Motor Vehicles Board of Appeals.
For a complete list of all Junior Operator offenses, please see the Registry of Motor Vehicle Website at: http://www.mass.gov/rmv/jol/jol_penalties_chart.htm