From the Bel Air Police Department:
In a combined effort with the Maryland Highway Safety Office the Bel Air Police Department will focus on enforcing Maryland’s laws regarding the use of handheld devices.
These efforts are paid for by a grant of $2,500.00. Officers will be working in teams to spot and cite violations during the month of April.
The operator of a vehicle my not use such devices to make or receive phone calls while the vehicle is in motion. Also prohibited, is the driver of a vehicle using a similar device to send or receive text or electronic messages while they are on the travel portion of the roadway. The use of cellular phones to contact a 9-1-1 system is permissible but should be done when and where it is safe for the driver and others.
The penalties for these violations range from $70.00 for the first offense to $160.00 for a third or subsequent offenses. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration assigns points, if the violation is found to have contributed to a collision, three points are assessed. In addition, a person who has a learners permit or provisional license faces additional penalties including the suspension of their driving privileges for up to 90 days.
For more information on Distracted Driving, follow this link to the Maryland Highway Safety Office.