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New Hands-Free law goes into effect February 23 In an effort to reduce distracted driving to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths, the new law, An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving bans the hand-held use of cellphones and other electronic devices while driving. The law becomes effective February 23, 2020; therefore, now is the time to prepare and change habits. What drivers can and cannot do Under the new law: Drivers cannot use a mobile ...

When it's time to set the clocks forward in Spring or backward in the Fall for Daylight Savings Time, fire safety officials recommend checking that your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. Batteries don't last forever. Vacuum them to remove dust, replace batteries and test the alarms. This small effort could make all the difference in an emergency. The life expectancy of smoke alarms is generally 8-10 years, after which point their sensors can begin ...

You Could Be Held Liable If Guests Get Drunk Halloween can be a fun time of trick-or-treating, jack-o'-lanterns and costume parties, but it can also be a deadly time of increased drunk driving and could be especially worrisome this year since the celebration falls on a Saturday. Anyone hosting a Halloween party should take steps to limit their liquor liability and make sure they have the proper insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Social ...

A Trusted Choice® survey shows that many homeowners lack basic financial protections to withstand unexpected disasters. As disaster season peaks, a new national consumer survey commissioned by Trusted Choice® and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (IIABA or the Big “I”), reveals that many homeowners lack adequate insurance coverage, do not fully understand their homeowners policies and do not have enough savings to support their households in the event of a disaster. The August 2016 homeowner ...

Halloween can be scary but having the right insurance coverage can take some of the fright out of the night, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). “If you’re worried about Halloween partyers who may cause damage to your home, there’s probably little to fear,” said Michael Barry, vice president, Media Relations, I.I.I. “But do contact your insurance professional with questions or concerns about your homeowners or renters insurance policy.” Your insurance policies provide financial protection for a ...

Grilling Safety

Every year, millions of Americans safely enjoy outdoor barbecues, but accidents do happen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, about 5,700 grill fires take place on residential property every year, causing an annual average of $37 million in damage, 100 injuries and 10 deaths. The majority of grill fires are caused by malfunctioning gas grills. In addition, thousands of people visit emergency rooms every year because they have burned themselves while barbecuing. In the rare ...

Identity theft is the act of taking someone’s personal information and using it to impersonate a victim, steal from bank accounts, establish phony insurance policies, open unauthorized credit cards or obtain unauthorized bank loans. In some more elaborate schemes, criminals use the stolen personal information to get a job, rent a home or take out a mortgage in the victim’s name.   Close to half of identity theft cases are the result of a lost or ...

Possible fee refund of court hearing fee for citations after September 22, 2017 Due to a recent federal court decision (US District Court 14-13042 - Crawford v. Blue et. al.) civil motor vehicle infraction (CMVI) citation recipients will get a refund of the required $25 court hearing request filing fee (MGL Chapter 90C Section 3), if all of the following are true: Citation recipient was issued the citation after September 22, 2017 Citation recipient paid the ...

10 tips for safe winter driving

When winter weather makes driving challenging, the safest solution is to stay off the roads, but that’s not always possible…or perhaps you want to be out in the elements. Here are a few tips for preparing in advance for when you’re out in challenging conditions. Pack emergency supplies. Be sure your car has a brush and scraper, a shovel, rope, a strong flashlight, blankets, a can of de-icer, kitty litter for traction, water, matches and a snack. Keep ...

On July 6, as part of the Massachusetts RMV’s “Summer of Success” campaign, the Massachusetts RMV launched a new web feature at www.massrmv.com. The new “myRMV” is an easy and friendly central customer page that allows customers to view their RMV information and conduct RMV online transactions all from this one location. myRMV can be accessed through a myRMV icon at the top of the RMV’s website homepage or by clicking on one of the ...

 

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