New Law in Maryland..No Texting..No Emailing While Driving! We Need to Get the Word Out!

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New Law in Maryland..No Texting..No Emailing While Driving! We Need to Get the Word Out!

                                                                                                                                                     

              no texting while driving HomeRome 410-530-2400

 

Even if your state has not passed this law...please get this information to everyone but especially to our young drivers!


If you drive in Maryland, its time to put that cellphone down and stop texting. Beginning today, Saturday October 1, 2011, police in Maryland can stop and ticket drivers who use their mobile phones to text, email or read messages while driving.

"The state wanted to tighten up the law and make it clear that when you're driving on Maryland roads they expect you to drive on Maryland roads not reading email or responding to texts," says Lon Anderson of AAA from the Mid-Atlantic, which pushed hard for the change.

Police issued more than 9,000 tickets to drivers for texting, but supporters of the measure felt making the primary offense would better accomplish the goal of getting drivers to stop texting, so state lawmakers okay-ed the switch earlier this year.

The first offense carries a fine of $70 and one point on the individual's driver's license. But if police believe the texting caused an accident, the fine jumps to $110 and three points toward a suspended license.

 

Even if your state has not passed this law...please get the word out to everyone but especially to our young drivers!

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Rainer
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We just recently got a similar law in Massachusetts. I find even dialing a number too distracting.


Melville Capps


 

October 02, 2011 01:50 PM
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Robert L. Brown
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This is a DUH moment. Why would you do this anyway? Make no sense to me.

October 02, 2011 03:38 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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It's just nuts that we need laws to ensure people use common sense.  You cannot be paying attention to the road, the vehicles beside and behind you, if you're also texting a message.  Or answering or reading email.  It's just not possible.

We have had laws against using cell-phones while driving if they are not hands free, but you guessed it, a large percentage of people still use the cell phone by holding it to their ear - and I have seen driving police do this as well.  We also have laws against texting - but yes, I have seen people texting while driving - most are adults. 

The new MD law may help for a while, but enforcement is key. 

Thanks for the post!

October 02, 2011 04:58 PM
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K.C. McLaughlin
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Great law - should be enforced in EVERY state. People have a hard enough time driving without any extra distractions!
October 02, 2011 05:06 PM
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA
Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Margaret:

We have the same law.  A few weeks ago I was listening to a talk show discussing the law.  One called said that he would continue texting while driving.  He said he could drive and text at the same time and he was not a hazard to the drivers on the road.  I was shocked at how positive he was that he would not cause an accident.  He knew what he was doing and wouldn't comply with the law.  What can you do with people like that on the roads.  I hope I am never on the road with the likes of him.



October 02, 2011 05:44 PM
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Bonnie Vaughan
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Let's face it.  It ain't easy juggling the coffee, keeping one hand on the wheel, your eye on the road and texting at the same time.  I can barely keep my fat fingers on the right keys sitting still.  I might throw a fast text sitting at a traffic light, but other than that I'm hard pressed to multi task.

October 02, 2011 05:48 PM
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Brian Madigan
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Ontario has similar legislation and it makes good sense.

I now put the telephone in the back seat when I'm driving, so I will no longer be tempted.

It takes about a week to break the habit, but it can be a life-saver.

October 02, 2011 05:52 PM
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Erica Ramus
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Even if it's not the law, it's not okay to text and drive. Be careful.

 

October 02, 2011 07:27 PM
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Ridhi, There is a pretty graphic video about a texting/driving tragic accident. It would be good for your son to watch.

Gail, If you are in the Baltimore area, please give me a call. Would love to meet you.

Jeff, Even though it is still happening...we need to get the information to as many as possible.

Jennifer, Unfortunately there have been fatal accidents due to this!

Ruthmarie, Common sense...NOT so common!

Melville, Thanks for stopping by.

Robert, Perfect comment!

Kat, We have all seen this behavior. Can you really legislate common sense?

KC, It is hard enough to maneuver when others are texting.

Evelyn, You need to hope you are never around this .._____ ! You fill in the blank. Guess he can hold his liquor, text and drive at the same time. Hope not too many people follow his example.

Bonnie, You are quite funny!

Brian, But what if you need it for an emergency?

 

Erica, So true.

October 02, 2011 07:57 PM
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Dear Margaret -

WOW -- almost 60 replies -
Must be a topic close to everyone's interest!

Good going!

Have a happy day -
Lynn

October 02, 2011 08:04 PM
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Margaret...I am on it  for tomorrow and you get honorable mentions dear lady...thank you

October 02, 2011 08:05 PM
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Lynn, Thanks for the call tonight. Comment 56 reported and deleted.

Richie, Thank you Sir!

October 02, 2011 08:09 PM
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Ellie McIntire
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Ooops. Did not know that it had become a primary. When did the reading e-mail become part of the deal? To be honest I constantly still see people talking on their phone.

October 02, 2011 09:11 PM
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It happened yesterday. No reading emails or texting.

 

October 02, 2011 09:54 PM
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Donna Bigda
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Margaret - Connectiuct enacted hands free legislation in 2005 and a law against texting while driving in October 2010 but I don't believe either included emailing.  I'm not sure how much it has impacted drivers here as I still constantly see people talking and texting on their phones when I'm out on the road.

October 02, 2011 11:12 PM
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Christine Donovan
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Margaret - This has been a law here in CA for a few years now.  I'm surprised that more states don't.

October 02, 2011 11:18 PM
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Kathy Clulow
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Margaret - rules or not it just does not make sense to be texting or reading or anything else that takes your eyes off the road ..... we have similar legislation here in Ontario but you still see many doing it.

October 02, 2011 11:49 PM
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John Juarez
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Prudential California Realty

The law that forbids texting while driving has been on the books in California for over a year. Makes too much sense! I read an article in an automotive magazine that showed, by their tests, that texting while driving was worse than DWI (driving while intoxicated…not driving with incontinent…for us older folks). Frightening!

October 03, 2011 04:22 AM
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Donna, We see it all the time.

Christine, You would think.

Kathy, We see it all over.

John, Uh oh. go look at my latest post.Texting For Seniors ...But Not While Driving! 

 

 

October 03, 2011 06:22 AM
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Margaret, I used to be able to text when I had my blackberry - it was easy while driving.  But now I have a Droid and there's no possible way, so I understand the law a bit better.  But we also have the no talking on the phone while driving.  REALLY?  I learned to drive in a stick-shift with no power steering... isn't that driving with one hand?  Stupid law.

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