Thursday, October 1, 2015

New Laws Effective October 1

Today, a number of important new laws go into effect related to driving and vehicles.  At RSRM, familiarity with the law is a must for our attorneys so that we can effectively and efficiently represent our clients. Below is a brief summary of several of the new laws and their effect on Maryland drivers:

Increased Maximum Speed Limit on Highways: State highway officials will be able to increase the State’s speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on some specific highways.

Yellow Alert System: The Maryland State Police will be required to develop an alert program to find missing drivers in hit-and-run incidents that result in serious injury.

Prohibition Against Unattended Vehicles: Exceptions have been developed to the old Maryland law which provided that individuals were prohibited from leaving a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running.  As of today, individuals can now do so for up to 5 minutes without facing a $70.00 ticket if: 1) the individual started the key with a keyless remote ignition system; or 2) the car is locked and parked on private property.  Something to look forward to as the cold days of winter lie before us!

RSRM urges its clients to keep these changes in mind and wishes everyone safe driving as we head into the Fall and Winter months!