Maryland

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Maryland. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1992.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

5 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

40 and over: vision test required

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

55

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.15

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

180 days for both.08 & .15, for first offense.

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes, with interlock

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Child Restraint Required

Under 8 yrs unless over 57" tall. Rear-facing until age 2 or until they exceed the height/weight specifications of the manufacturer.

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-15 yrs or under 8 yrs and over 57" tall

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

Nighttime driving: 18 years Driving with passengers: 16 years, 11 months

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15 / 9

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

9

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

60 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16 / 6

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 5 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 5 months: no passengers under 18 (secondary enforcement)

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Type of Law

Primary; Secondary for rear seat occupants

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Who is Covered?

16 and over

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In What Seat?

Under 16 yrs: All 16 yrs and over: Front (secondary enforcement in rear seat)

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes, handheld ban. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School zones (only during certain hours); Montgomery County residential districts; areas in or near institutes of higher education in Prince George's County; construction zones on expressways or controlled access highways with a speed limit 45 mph or greater

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for medical and recreational use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

Holiday Impaired Driving Grant Results: Maryland

Building on the success of their previous holiday ride-share programs, MDOT MVA was one of two State Highway Safety Offices to receive a grant from GHSA, ride-hailing company Lyft, and Responsibility.org to prevent impaired driving during the 2023 holiday season. The "Be the Make a Plan Driver" campaign was further amplified on social media and online, promoting discounted rides for the holiday season.

Roadway Safety Groups Provide Funding for Safe Youth Mobility in Underserved Areas

GHSA has awarded a total of $125,000 from the National Road Safety Foundation to five states to partner with community-based groups to implement safe youth mobility programs focusing on walking, biking and/or riding a scooter. This is the third consecutive year that GHSA and NRSF have provided funding to State Highway Safety Offices for youth safety initiatives in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas with limited financial resources.

Marylanders Eligible for Free Lyft Credits This Holiday Season

Up to $20,000 in ride-share credits will be made available to Marylanders this holiday season. In partnership with the Governors Highway Safety Association as well as Lyft and Responsibility.org, the grant will offer $20 rideshare credits and encourage Marylanders to Be the Make A Plan Driver by choosing an alternative to driving impaired from alcohol or drugs.

GHSA, Lyft and Responsibility.org Fund Impaired Driving Prevention Programs This Holiday Season

As we enter the holiday season – a time when impaired driving fatalities rise – the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has again partnered with Lyft and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibliy.org) to provide grants to support statewide initiatives to promote the use of ride-hailing rather than driving after consuming alcohol and/or another impairing substance.

GHSA, Lyft and Responsibility.org Fund Impaired Driving Prevention Programs This Holiday Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2023

Contact: Adam Snider, 202-580-7930, 202-365-8971 (after hours)
Shadawn Reddick-Smith (Lyft), 202-573-4712
Sam Nathews (Responsibility.org), 202-355-1929
 

$40,000 in grants will support public outreach and ride-hailing credits in two states as a safer alternative to driving after drinking or consuming drugs

Impaired Driving Grant Results: Maryland

With the legalization of recreational cannabis in Maryland on July 1, 2023, it is necessary that the state train officers to detect cannabis-impaired driving. Through a grant from GHSA and Responsibility.org, the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) supported the expansion of green labs, providing law enforcement officers the opportunity to learn about the impairing effects of cannabis and detect cannabis impairment at the roadside. 

Innovative Programs To Combat Drunk And Drug-Impaired Driving Get A Boost

Alcohol, cannabis and multi-substance impaired driving have surged in recent years and account for about one-third of traffic fatalities annually in this country. A new round of grants aims to help lower that death toll by providing law enforcement officers with tools, resources and training to better identify impaired drivers and remove them from the road.

GHSA and Responsibility.org Fund Drunk and Drug-Impaired Driving Prevention Programs in Four States

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Responsibility.org have awarded $120,000 in grants to four State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO) for programs designed to combat alcohol, cannabis and multi-substance impaired driving, which accounts for approximately one-third of U.S. traffic deaths annually.

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