A law that makes using a hand-held cell phone while driving a primary offense in the state of Maryland went into effect October 1. Now drivers who are caught with a cell phone in their hands will be cited.
The rule may help reduce distracted-driving collisions. The risks of a traffic crash while using a hand-held cell phone have often been underestimated. Using a hand-held cell phone encourages a motorist to take one hand off the steering wheel and look down at the keypad instead of at the road.
Maryland is among 13 states that, along with Washington, D.C., have banned the use of hand-held cell phones while driving.
What is even more encouraging is that this is an enforcement law. That means that if a police officer sees you using a hand-held cell phone while driving, he can immediately pull you over. He does not need to notice any other driving infractions or violations to cite you.
There are some exceptions to the ban. For instance, it is legal to make emergency calls to emergency safety personnel and law enforcement officers.
The Washington, D.C., car accident lawyer at The Abelson Law Firm, represent people injured as a result of accidents in the Washington, D.C., area.