Maine State Police answer questions about new hands-free law

[Matt Byrne, Staff Writer, Portland Press Herald] .

Starting Thursday, drivers in Maine must use hands-free technology only.

Q: What does the new law say, and when does it take effect?

A: Starting Sept. 19, drivers are prohibited from using, manipulating or holding mobile phones, hand-held electronic devices or portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, unless specifically exempted by law.

Q: Will there be a “warning” period from police to allow motorists to get used to the new law?

A: No. Expect swift and widespread enforcement with few exceptions, starting on the day the law takes effect. Continue reading