2010 Maryland Code
TRANSPORTATION
TITLE 21 - VEHICLE LAWS - RULES OF THE ROAD
Subtitle 11 - Miscellaneous Rules
Section 21-1124 - Prohibition against use of wireless communication device while driving by minor holding learner's permit or provisional license.

§ 21-1124. Prohibition against use of wireless communication device while driving by minor holding learner's permit or provisional license.
 

(a)  Definitions.-  

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

(c)  Prohibition.- 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)  Enforcement.- 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)  Suspension of license.-  

(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. 
 

[2005, chs. 543, 544; 2006, ch. 38; 2007, ch. 5.] 
 

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