As summer winds down and millions of Americans take to the roads for the Labor Day weekend, GHSA is reminding motorists that State Highway Safety Offices and their federal and law enforcement partners are stepping up efforts to reduce drunk and drug-impaired driving, a preventable behavior that puts all road users at risk.
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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Authorizes the testing on public roadways of highly automated vehicles by the manufacturer or developer. Numerous public and private pilot programs are underway or planned across the State.
Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.
Universal helmet law enacted 1992.
40 and over: vision test required
180 days for both.08 & .15, for first offense.
Yes, with interlock
Mandatory for all convictions
Under 8 yrs unless over 57" tall
8-15 yrs or under 8 yrs and over 57" tall
Nighttime driving: 18 years
Driving with passengers: 16 years, 11 months
15 / 9
16 / 6
Midnight - 5 a.m.
First 5 months: no passengers under 18 (secondary enforcement)
Primary; Secondary for rear seat occupants
16 and over
Under 16 yrs: All
16 yrs and over: Front (secondary enforcement in rear seat)
Yes. Primary law.
Yes, handheld ban. Primary law.
Drivers under 18. Primary law.
All drivers. Primary law.
Permitted by state law and city ordinance
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
Permitted by state law
Decriminalized and legal for medical use
As summer winds down and millions of Americans take to the roads for the Labor Day weekend, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is reminding motorists that State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) and their federal and law enforcement partners are stepping up efforts to reduce drunk and drug-impaired driving, a preventable behavior that puts all road users at risk.
The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, also known as Responsbility.org, have again awarded Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office with a grant to support the state’s focus to prevent motor vehicle crashes from drug-impaired driving.