Junior Operator License Violations and Penalties

Effective March 31, 2007, the Junior Operator Law was amended to include stricter penalties for junior operators whether they hold a permit, license, or are unlicensed at the time of the offense.  The penalties are as follows:

 

Mandatory PERMIT Suspensions

Junior Operators Only (16 ½ to 18 Years)

Violation

Suspension Period

Reinstatement Requirements

Fee to Reinstate

Conviction for Driving Without a Licensed Driver

(c. 90, §8B)

60 days – first offense

180 day – second offense

One year – subsequent offenses

All offenses require you to retake the learner’s permit exam

Second offense requires a Driver Attitudinal Retraining course.

 

$100

Conviction for Driving During the Night Restriction

(c. 90, §10)

(c. 90, §8B)

 

60 days – first offense

180 day – second offense

One year – subsequent offenses

All offenses require you to retake the learner’s permit exam.  

Second offense requires a Driver Attitudinal Retraining course.

 

$100

Conviction for Speeding

(c. 90, §17)

(c. 90, §17A)

(c. 90, §18)

 

90 days – first offense

One year – second or subsequent offense

All offenses require a new learner’s permit exam.


$500

Conviction for Drag Racing

(c. 90, §17B)

One year – first offense

Three years – second or subsequent offense

All offenses require a new learner’s permit exam and a Driver Attitudinal Retraining course.  In addition, you may be required to take a State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) course. *

 

 

$500-first offense

$1000-second or subsequent offense

Conviction for the use of mobile electronic device (text or phone)

(c. 90, §8M)

 

60 days – first offense

180 day – second offense

One year – subsequent offenses

First offense $100 fine, a new learner’s permit exam and a Driver Attitudinal Retraining Course.

 

$100

Negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use

 

180-days – first offense

One year – second or subsequent offense

Second and subsequent offenses require a new learner’s permit exam.

 

$500

Note:  In addition to any other penalty required by law, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 90, section 24p requires that any junior operator who is convicted of the following offenses:

1.  Operating Under the Influence (OUI)

2.  Operating to Endanger

3.  Leaving the Scene of an Accident

4.  Drinking from an Open Alcohol Container

5.  Operating Under the Influence with Serious Bodily Injury

6.  Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

7.  Reckless/Negligent Operation

8.  Loaning/Allowing Another to Use Your License or Learner’s Permit

9.  Making False Statements on a License Application

10. Operating on a Bet or Wager

11. Motor Vehicle Homicide

Will face a 180 day suspension (in addition to any other suspension required by law) for a first offense, or a one year suspension for any subsequent offense. This additional suspension only applies to junior operators, and only in cases in which they did not already receive an additional suspension for failing or refusing a breath test.

 

 

In addition to the penalties listed, your parent or guardian will be notified of the suspension.

 

All fees are subject to change at any time.

 

Mandatory LICENSE Suspensions

Junior Operators Only (16 ½ to 18 Years)

Violation

Suspension Period

Reinstatement Requirements

Fee to Reinstate

Conviction for Violating Passenger or Night Restriction

(c. 90, §8, c. 90, §10)

60 days – first offense

180 day – second offense

One year – subsequent offenses

Second and subsequent offenses require a Driver Attitudinal Retraining course.  Third and subsequent offenses require a new learner’s permit and road exam.

 

 

 

$100

Conviction for Speeding

(c. 90, §17, c. 90, §17A, c. 90, §18)

90 days – first offense

One year – second or subsequent offense

All offenses require a new learner’s permit exam, a Driver Attitudinal Retraining course, and a new road test.  In addition, you may be required to take a State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) course. *

 

 

 

$500

Conviction for Drag Racing

(c. 90, §17B)

One year – first offense

Three years – second or subsequent offense

All offenses require a new learner’s permit exam, a Driver Attitudinal Retraining course, and a new road test.  In addition, you may be required to take a State Courts Against Road Rage (SCARR) course. *

$500-first offense

$1000-second or subsequent offense

Conviction for Driving Negligently or Recklessly/Operating to Endanger

(c. 90, §24)

 

180 days– first offense

One year – second or subsequent offense (within a three year period)

Second and subsequent offenses require a new learner’s permit exam, and a new road test.

 

$500

Conviction for the use of mobile electronic device (text or phone)

(c. 90, §8M)

60 days – first offense

180 day – second offense

One year – subsequent offenses

First offense requires a $100 fine, new learner’s permit exam, a Driver Attitudinal Retraining Course, and a new road test.

 

 

$100

Negligent operation and injury from mobile phone use

180-days – first offense

One year – second or subsequent offense

Second and subsequent offenses require a new learner’s permit exam, and a new road test.

 

$500

Note:  In addition to any other penalty required by law, Massachusetts General Laws chapter 90, section 24p requires that any junior operator who is convicted of the following offenses:

1.  Operating Under the Influence (OUI):

2.  Operating to Endanger

3.  Leaving the Scene of an Accident

4.  Drinking from an Open Alcohol Container

5.  Operating Under the Influence with Serious Bodily Injury

6.  Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

7.  Reckless/Negligent Operation

8.  Loaning/Allowing Another to Use Your License or Learner’s Permit

9.  Motor Vehicle Homicide

Will face a 180 day suspension (in addition to any other suspension required by law) for a first offense, or a one year suspension for any subsequent offense. This additional suspension only applies to junior operators, and only in cases in which they did not already receive an additional suspension for failing or refusing a breath test.

In addition, the junior operator’s parent or guardian will be notified of the suspension.

 

 

* A Junior Operator will only be required to take the SCARR course one time.