Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Maryland’s Hand-held Cell Phone Law

Maryland Cell Phone LawMaryland’s new law banning the use of hand-held cell phones and other mobile devices while driving goes into effect on October 1, 2010. Are you ready?  Be prepared to either abstain from using the cell phone at all while driving, or to make use of a hands-free device such as a bluetooth headset or speaker-phone system.

According to the State Highway Administration’s press release “Make Your Vehicle a No Phone Zone“:

The law, also known as the Delegate John Arnick Electronic Communications Traffic Safety Act, prohibits drivers in Maryland from using a mobile phone without a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway.  Law enforcement officers will issue tickets to violators with fines up to $100 and one point.  If the violator causes a crash, he or she may receive three points.

To learn more specifics about the new law, you can download an informative pdf from the SHA’s website by clicking here – “Maryland Cell Phone Law Fact Sheet“. In addition, provides a fairly thorough breakdown of the new legislation and what it means for Maryland drivers.

NASCAR Champ Kyle Busch on the Risks of Driving While Distracted

Check out the important message above from Nationwide NASCAR Champ 2009 Kyle Busch. Kyle discusses the risks of driving while distracted by cell phones and other mobile devices. Nationwide Insurance supports The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act of 2009 (STANDUP Act). To learn more, please visit

Nationwide Insurance: Vanishing Deductible

The World’s Greatest Spokesperson in the World got it right: Maryland drivers can now save a lot of money on their auto insurance with the all-new “Vanishing Deductible” plan from Nationwide Insurance.  For each year that our insured drivers remain accident-free, their deductible will now reduced by $100.

To find out more and get your free car insurance quote, give us a call or stop by our office at 6600 York Road (just north of Baltimore City) today. We look forward to hearing from you!

Baltimore County Public Safety Day

Looking for some good family fun this weekend? The Baltimore County Police Community Relations Council will be holding its 6th Annual Public Safety Day this coming Saturday, September 11. The event is scheduled to take place from 10am to 2pm at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. Entry is free.

There will be various police, fire, and safety demonstrations throughout the day, as well as special activities just for the kids. According to the official website, the fun and educational activities will include the following:

  • Police dogs in action
  • Tactical demonstrations
  • Police Marine and Aviation displays
  • Put-Out-A-Fire demonstration
  • Antique police and fire cars
  • Smoke House Fire display
  • Firefighters Rappelling

Please visit Baltimore County’s official site for more details. Maybe we’ll see you there!

Labor Day Weekend

Frank Dippel Insurance Agency would like to wish you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend. As the summer begins to draw to a close, days grow shorter, we’re all thankful to enjoy spending time with friends and family, while looking forward to the cooler weather ahead.

As always, be sure to take care and drive safely on our busy roads and highways. Please take a moment to visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for some always-relevant driving tips.

We wish you the best, and look forward to hearing from you!