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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, HandsFreeInfo.com 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.com/dwd.