What You Should Know About The New Maryland Cell Phone Law

In case you haven’t heard, Maryland has changed the rules for cell phone use.  Here’s what you need to know:

1.  The law is now a primary offense.  This means that you can be pulled over just for texting while driving.  Prior to October 1, 2011, the law was a secondary offense, which means the police officer had to pull you over for another or “primary reason.”

2.  You may not send, receive, or read text messages while driving (even at a stop light).

3.  The offense  carries 1 point, but can carry up to three points if it contributed to an accident.

4.  Drivers who are using their mobile GPS system or sending a text to the 911 emergency system are exempt from prosecution.

As a traffic lawyer in Maryland, I have not seen too many of these cases, however, I wouldn’t be suprised if there is an increase in prosecution for these offenses since its now a primary offense.

Be safe out there and call or email me for any questions concerning the new law.