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!


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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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Melissa Ostrom & Melville Capps Newton MA - The Mel and Mel Team
(617) 388-3151 | Century 21 Commonwealth - Newton, MA

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

Melville Capps


Oct 02, 2011 06:50 AM #45
Robert L. Brown - Grand Rapids, MI
Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic

This is a DUH moment. Why would you do this anyway? Make no sense to me.

Oct 02, 2011 08:38 AM #46
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

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!

Oct 02, 2011 09:58 AM #47
K.C. McLaughlin
RE/MAX United - Cary, NC
Realtor, e-PRO, Homes for Sale - Cary, Raleigh NC
Great law - should be enforced in EVERY state. People have a hard enough time driving without any extra distractions!
Oct 02, 2011 10:06 AM #48
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


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.

Oct 02, 2011 10:44 AM #49
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

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.

Oct 02, 2011 10:48 AM #50
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker

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.

Oct 02, 2011 10:52 AM #51
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

Even if it's not the law, it's not okay to text and drive. Be careful.


Oct 02, 2011 12:27 PM #52
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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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.

Oct 02, 2011 12:57 PM #53
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Margaret -

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

Good going!

Have a happy day -

Oct 02, 2011 01:04 PM #54
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Margaret...I am on it  for tomorrow and you get honorable mentions dear lady...thank you

Oct 02, 2011 01:05 PM #55
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lynn, Thanks for the call tonight. Comment 56 reported and deleted.

Richie, Thank you Sir!

Oct 02, 2011 01:09 PM #56
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

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.

Oct 02, 2011 02:11 PM #57
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

It happened yesterday. No reading emails or texting.


Oct 02, 2011 02:54 PM #58
Donna Bigda
RE/MAX Alliance - Branford, CT
Greater New Haven CT Real Estate

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.

Oct 02, 2011 04:12 PM #59
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Margaret - This has been a law here in CA for a few years now.  I'm surprised that more states don't.

Oct 02, 2011 04:18 PM #60
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

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.

Oct 02, 2011 04:49 PM #61
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

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!

Oct 02, 2011 09:22 PM #62
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

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! 



Oct 02, 2011 11:22 PM #63
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

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.

Oct 11, 2011 06:25 AM #64
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