2018 Maryland Code
Transportation
Title 21 - Vehicle Laws -- Rules of the Road
Subtitle 11 - Miscellaneous Rules
§ 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 a handheld or hands-free device used to access a wireless telephone service.

  • (b) Applicability of section. -- This section does not apply to the use of a wireless communication device:

    • (1) To contact a 9-1-1 system; or

    • (2) As a text messaging device as defined in § 21-1124.1 of this subtitle.

  • (c) Prohibition. -- An individual who is under the age of 18 years may not use a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle.

  • (d) 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.

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