2018 Maryland Code
Title 21 - Vehicle Laws -- Rules of the Road
Subtitle 11 - Miscellaneous Rules
§ 21-1124.1. Text messaging prohibited

  • (a) Definitions. --

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

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

    • (3) "Text messaging device" means a handheld device used to send a text message or an electronic message via a short message service, wireless telephone service, or electronic communication network.

  • (b) In general. -- Subject to subsection (c) of this section, an individual may not use a text messaging device to write, send, or read a text message or an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle in the travel portion of the roadway.

  • (c) Exceptions. -- This section does not apply to the use of:

    • (1) A global positioning system; or

    • (2) A text messaging device to contact a 9-1-1 system.

  • (d) Sanctions. --

    • (1) If the Administration receives satisfactory evidence that an individual who is under the age of 18 years 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.

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