Bye Insurance Agency Wants Motorists To Be Aware Of A New Cell Phone Law

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Although driving and talking on a cell phone was always illegal, a new law could make the offense more enforceable and serious.

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According to the former police chief of Howard County, distraction from cell phone use causes 1.2 million crashes per year.

Distracted driving is a danger to all motorists. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly 18 percent of crashes with injuries are a result of distracted driving. Fortunately, the law has been buckling down on those who drive distractedly. In Maryland, motorists could be facing a tougher cell phone ban. The Senate voted to approve a bill that will make the use of hand-held electronic devices behind the wheel a primary offense, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Previously, in Maryland, it was illegal to drive while talking on a cell phone – as a secondary offence. This meant that police officers could not pull motorists over simply for that offense alone. They had to be breaking an additional law. With the new ban, law enforcement officials will be able to pull motorists over and issue a ticket for the offense. The maximum penalty for the violation and the number of tickets issued in Maryland is expected to increase. According to the former police chief of Howard County, distraction from cell phone use causes 1.2 million crashes per year.

At Bye Insurance Agency, the agents understand that Maryland residents have worked hard to build their lives here and they don’t want anything – especially a ticket – to get them stuck in a mess. They want to offer some tips to protect Maryland residents from distracted driving and keep them from being victims of accidents related to distractions. Understanding the top distractions is the best way to be mindful of avoiding them. Here are a few:

  •     Text messaging
  •     Talking on a cell phone
  •     Eating
  •     Adjusting the radio
  •     Using a GPS
  •     Passengers
  •     Loud music
  •     Weather
  •     Traffic
  •     Mood

It’s important to always be mindful of driving safely. Weather conditions require specific driving methods and motorists always want to avoid road rage. Remember, for many drivers, it is the other drivers who may be the problem. Being mindful of other motorists on the road is also important to safe driving. There are many defensive driving courses available for motorists and taking one can often earn a discount on auto insurance. Any resident in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware or Washington D.C. who would like to learn more is encouraged to contact Bye Insurance Agency today.

About Bye Insurance Agency:

The mission at the Bye Insurance Agency is to bring VALUE to their clients. Their purpose is to protect the lifestyle their customers have worked so hard to achieve. As a local Severna Park, MD agency, they provide full-service risk management solutions to individuals, families, and businesses across the state of Maryland. In addition to Marylanders, they can also cater to the insurance needs of people and organizations throughout Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and Washington D.C. – always keeping their best interest a top priority.

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