On October 1, 2014 new driving laws took effect that impact all Maryland motorists and increase penalties for a variety of motor vehicle offenses.
Jake’s Law: this law, named after 5 year old Jake Owen who was killed in a crash caused by a driver texting on a cell phone. Now, anyone over 18 who causes a crash while using a cell phone that results in the serious injury or death of another person will face increased penalties: (MVA) must assess 12 points against the driver’s license. A violator is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to imprisonment for up to one year and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
Impaired driving: new laws increase penalties for drivers convicted of a third DUI or DWI offense (for either drugs or alcohol) from a maximum of one year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $500, to a maximum of three years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $3,000.
Safe driving habits can save lives- and save money!
Contact your MAIF agent to see if you can lower your car insurance premium for a safe driving record.