New Traffic Laws Go Into Effect on Oct. 1 (Photos & Video)
Montgomery County Police Chief Thomas Manger was joined by other police chiefs and law enforcement officers on Sept. 30 to get the word out about the tough new traffic laws that go into effect on Oct. 1.
“Today is the last day that anyone in the state of Maryland should expect that they can get away with talking on their handheld cell phone while driving or riding in a vehicle without being buckled up,” said Manger.
Also at the event: Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews, State Senator Jennie Forehand, State’s Attorney John McCarthy and AAA Public Affairs Manager (Mid-Atlantic) John Townsend.
“Distracted driving can be deadly,” said Andrews. “Don’t become a statistic.”
More information about these laws can be found at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/newtrafficlaws.
A new TV public service announcement featuring the Montgomery County Police Chiefs and Sheriff can be found at http://youtu.be/H_NDMm7Jc1g.
There will not be a warning period for the enforcement of these new laws. Officers in Montgomery County and throughout the State of Maryland will begin active enforcement on Tuesday, October 1.
The original fines publicized for the offense of handheld cell phone use while driving were recently changed by the authority of the Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. The citations fines are: $83 for the first offense, $140 for the second offense and $160 for the third and subsequent offenses. Points will be assessed only if the violation contributes to a collision.
The fine for non-compliance with the seat belt law was also changed to $83.
The law prohibiting texting while driving went into effect in 2009.
The Maryland Highway Safety Office has issued the following recommendations: “Park Your Phone, Before You Drive”, manage your time so that you don’t need to talk on your cell phone while driving, drive defensively and ride responsibly. If you are a passenger in a vehicle and a driver is using a handheld cell phone, ask the driver to pull over or wait until you arrive at the destination.
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