Changes coming for 2014 you need to know

happy new yearThere are a few changes we have mentioned in the past, but feel they are worth repeating for the upcoming New Year.

Fines will increase for distracted driving:

There are also stiffer penalties when it comes to distracted driving. Anyone caught using a cellphone while driving will have to pay $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second and $500 after that.

Fines for not removing snow from your vehicle:

A new law now requires all cars, trucks and commercial vehicles to clear off snow and ice from their roof. Most of us have been behind the wheel when a large chunk of snow or ice flies off while driving on the state’s roads and highways, and now people who don’t remove it prior to that will face a fine of $120, and if anyone is hurt you’ll pay up to 10 times that amount.

Minimum wage:

The new year will also see a bump in the state minimum wage when it goes up to $8.70.

Registration of Assault Weapons:

If you haven’t registered yet, Tuesday is the last day and you have until 3 p.m. to do so. Residents can also mail in the forms by midnight.

We hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year’s.  If you are heading out tonight to enjoy New Year’s with friends and relatives, be sure to be responsible and Don’t Drink and Drive.

Happy New Year’s

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

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