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)

70

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

70

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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

90 days

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes, with interlock

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 8 yrs unless over 57" tall

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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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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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Type of Law

Primary; Secondary for rear seat occupants

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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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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. 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 use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Dead man, women walking: Pedestrian fatalities highest since 1990

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February 28, 2019

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