New Safety Laws in Maryland

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Maryland Gets New Safety Laws

As Maryland gets new safety laws, questions for your Maryland MVA written test practice have also been updated to reflect these new safety laws. Maryland’s traffic safety community is determined to move the state Toward zero Deaths, which means that you should expect to see more questions about safety on the real DMV written test.

Maryland Seat Belt Law

As of October 1, 2013 there is a new seat belt law in Maryland. All passengers must be buckled up, regardless of seating position. The previous law only required driver and front-seat passengers to use safety belts. A primary seat belt law is mow in effect for front seat occupants and a secondary seat belt law for back seat occupants.

The primary seat belt law means that traffic tickets can be issued to drivers and front seat passengers even if no other violation is observed. It may cost you up to $83 for not wearing a seat belt.

As a driver you are also responsible for any passenger less than 16 who is not buckled up. You will receive a ticket for each passenger less than 16 who is not wearing a seat belt.

Between 2007 and 2011, 127 backseat occupants of passenger vehicles were killed on Maryland roads. 75% were not wearing seat belts. Statistics also show that passengers not wearing a seat belt were 67% more likely to sustain a moderate to fatal injury if involved in a crash.

Buckling up is the single most important step you can take to save your life in the event of a crash.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban

Maryland also has a new cell phone law that is effective since October 1, 2013. The new cell phone law prohibits all drivers from using a handheld cell phone while a motor vehicle is in motion. The use of a handheld cell phone while driving is a primary offense. A police officer can stop you solely for using a handheld cell phone. You don’t have to break any other laws to be stopped and get a ticket.

Toward Zero Deaths on Maryland Roads

The changes are part of the state’s work toward zero deaths on the Maryland roads. Statistics show that more than 500 people die on Maryland roads every year. Legislators want to remind you that they are all family, friends and neighbors, not just numbers.

Every person that dies is a loss that is sudden, shocking, and unpredictable.

Read More at Toward Zero Deaths MD and MDOT Safety

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