MARYLAND’S CELL PHONE LAW
- Effective October 1, 2013, Maryland’s cell phone law prohibits a driver from using a handheld cell phone while a motor vehicle is in motion.
- This is a primary offense. Law enforcement officers can stop a driver solely for using a handheld cell phone while driving – no other offense is needed.
- Drivers will receive a fine (including court costs) of up to:
- $83 – first offense
- $140 – second offense
- $160 – third & subsequent offense
- Why do we have this new law?
- Nationally, 80% of vehicle crashes involve some sort of driver inattention.
- On average, more than 30,000 people in Maryland are injured annually as a result of distracted driving crashes.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Park the Phone Before You Drive! Talking on a cell phone or texting is a leading source of driver distraction.
- Manage Your Time. Driving is not the time to talk or text on a cell phone.
- Drive Defensively. Just because you don’t drive distracted doesn’t mean that others won’t.
- Ride Responsibly. If you are a passenger and a driver is using a handheld cell phone, ask them to pull over or wait until they arrive at the destination. Avoid causing distractions as well.
- Set a good example!Adults who use a handheld cell phone while driving are sending children the message that those behaviors are acceptable.
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, University of Maryland Baltimore – National Study Center for Trauma and EMS