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Nationwide “On Your Side” Tour with Tavis Smiley

Nationwide On Your SideThe 2010 Nationwide On Your Side Tour with Tavis Smiley is coming to Baltimore!

On Saturday, November 6, public radio and television talk show host Tavis Smiley will be bringing his message of economic empowerment and financial literacy to our fair city. You can find out more about Tavis and his important message on the official website:

Smiley and Nationwide share common values and a common purpose. He is an advocate who encourages his audience to think beyond their present state and look into the future for solutions. He is an advocate for economic empowerment, providing information that will help people get to the next level in their lives.

The event is being held at the Hilton Baltimore on West Pratt Street. It is free and open to the public, and the first 200 Nationwide customers to register will get to attend a special customer-appreciation event hosted by Tavis. So, be sure to register online early to secure your seat.

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.