I-83 drivers: What you need to know in Maryland

If you travel Interstate 83 or any other roads in Maryland, you need to remember that the new, hand-held cellphone ban is now in effect.

Drivers can be pulled over if police see them holding a cellphone to their ear, said Buel Young, a spokesman with Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration. They do not have to commit another offense in order to be stopped and ticketed.

The law took effect Oct. 1, and officers started enforcing it immediately, Young said. Officers already have written citations.

The highway safety office heavily promoted the upcoming change before the law took effect, Young said. It include putting out information through social media, Internet billboards, radio and highway advisory signs.

Pennsylvania does not have a law for talking on hand-held cellphones while driving. It does have a ban on texting while driving, which is a primary offense.

Here is the story we had written earlier this year about Maryland’s change to the cellphone ban.

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One Response to I-83 drivers: What you need to know in Maryland

  1. Andy says:

    Another addition to the Oct 1 Maryland Traffic Law is that Drivers can be cited if their passengers are not seatbelted.

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