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 New Traffic Laws Go Into Effect on October 1, 2013

Using a handheld cell phone while driving is already illegal in Maryland, but it has been a secondary offense - officers could not stop a driver for using a handheld cell phone unless the driver was observed committing another traffic violation. A new law will make this violation a primary offense - officers will be able to stop drivers for the sole offense of using a handheld cell phone while driving. Texting while driving is already a primary offense. Another new law will require that every vehicle occupant use a seat belt or child safety restraint. Anyone over age 16 riding in either the front or back seat will be required to use a seat belt.