Under current Maryland law, driving and using a hand held cell phone is illegal, but will only result in a ticket some of the time. That may all change soon. Currently, driving while using a handheld cell phone is considered a secondary offense, meaning that a police officer can only pull over a driver if he or she is doing something else illegal or is driving recklessly; otherwise, they cannot be pulled over. Maryland officials are seeking to change that, according to CBSLocal.com.
While police can already pull over a driver who is texting, the law would allow officers to pull over drivers for using a handheld cell phone, with no other reason needed. This is known as a primary offense, and officials see this as a way to make motorists obey the laws in place to reduce the amount of distracted driving crashes in Maryland. Opponents of the bill argue that there are plenty of other distractions for drivers and that increased laws would only lead to further and unnecessary regulations on drivers.
This is not the first time a handheld cell phone bill has been discussed in Maryland; a similar bill was passed by the Maryland House of Delegates, but not by the Senate in 2011. Currently, nine states and Washington, D.C. consider handheld cell phone use while driving to be a primary offense.
Whether it is enforced by law or not, using a cell phone is an extremely dangerous practice for drivers and can easily lead to an accident that harms many people. If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver who practices such reckless habits, the Bowie cell phone auto accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer are available to aid you in finding compensation for your losses. For more information, call us today at (866) 444-6363.