Maryland Transportation Section 21-1124

Article - Transportation

§ 21-1124.

      (a)      (1)      In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

            (2)      "9-1-1 system" has the meaning stated in § 1-301 of the Public Safety Article.

            (3)      "Wireless communication device" means:

                  (i)      A handheld or hands free device used to access a wireless telephone service; or

                  (ii)      A text messaging device.

      (b)      This section does not apply to the use of a wireless communication device to contact a 9-1-1 system.

      (c)      A holder of a learner's instructional permit or a provisional driver's license who is under the age of 18 years may not use a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.

      (d)      A police officer may enforce this section only as a secondary action when the police officer detains a driver for a suspected violation of another provision of the Code.

      (e)      (1)      If the Administration receives satisfactory evidence that an individual has violated this section, the Administration:

                  (i)      May suspend the individual's driver's license for not more than 90 days; and

                  (ii)      May issue a restricted license for the period of suspension that is limited to driving a motor vehicle:

                        1.      In the course of the individual's employment;

                        2.      For the purpose of driving to or from a place of employment; or

                        3.      For the purpose of driving to or from school.

            (2)      An individual may request a hearing as provided for a suspension or revocation under Title 12, Subtitle 2, of this article.