Keep Your Fingers on the Steering Wheel: Maryland Enacts Texting While Driving Ban

The State of Maryland is ordering drivers to put down their PDAs; as of October 1st the State enacted a ban on texting while driving. (Photo by Brendan O'Hara)
The State of Maryland is ordering drivers to put down their PDAs; as of October 1st the State enacted a ban on texting while driving. (Photo by Brendan O'Hara)

On Oct. 1, a ban on texting while driving went into effect in the state of Maryland. The Maryland State Senate passed the bill banning texting in March 2009.

The law states that a police officer is able to pull over anyone whom they catch sending a text message, and that anyone guilty of breaking that law will be subject to a $500 fine. Maryland is not the first state to pass a bill banning texting while driving, in fact, Virginia has recently passed a similar bill. Though Maryland has passed a law banning texting while driving it is still legal to talk on the phone while driving, something that has already been banned in several states.

While the new law does ban text messaging, there are certain loopholes that allow texting while driving without breaking the law. It is okay to text to contact emergency services, or to use your phone as a GPS device. For those under 18, it is illegal to use a phone while driving at all unless it is to contact 911 for an emergency.

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