Monday, September 30, 2013

New Traffic Laws Go into Effect October 1

 Starting October 1, using a handheld cell phone while driving will become a primary traffic violation in Maryland and those cited will be subject to an $83 fine for the first violation. Using a handheld cell phone is already illegal in Maryland, but officers could only stop drivers if they were also observed committing another traffic violation. The new law will allow officers to stop drivers solely for using a handheld cell phone while driving. Texting while driving is already a primary offense. The County’s website has more details about the new law.

Another new law will require that every vehicle occupant use a seat belt or child safety restraint. Anyone over age 16 riding in either the front or back seat will be required to use a seat belt.