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Welcome to Maryland! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Maryland. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
|Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs||12 Points|
|Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs||12 Points|
|Unlawful use of your driver's license||12 Points|
|Loaning or borrowing a driver's license||12 Points|
|Speeding (9 miles per hour or less)||1 Point|
|Speeding (10 MPH and over)||2 Points|
|Speeding (30 MPH and over)||5 Points|
|Driving without a license||5 Points|
|Speed contests (AKA Racing)||5 Points|
|Driving alone with a permit||5 Points|
|Driving without proof of insurance||5 Points|
|Reckless driving||6 Points|
|Driving with a suspended license||3 Points|
|Failure to stop at a red light||2 Points|
|Failure to stop for a school bus||2 Points|
|Improper turn||1 Point|
|Clicking off your lights to evade identification||8 Points|
|Failure to yield||1 Point|
Points remain on your driver record until they are officially expunged by the MVA. However, after 2 years from the violation date, the points are no longer considered "current" points.
The MVA will automatically expunge your driver record 3 years after your conviction, if the following criteria are met:
Maryland law requires that all motor vehicles registered in Maryland be insured by a company licensed in Maryland and carry coverage of:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
Alcohol education/treatment is required as a condition of probation. Any offender may be required to attend a driver improvement or an alcohol education program as a condition of reinstatement of their driving privilege.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations are subject to an enhanced fine of up to $1,000, whether or not workers are present.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of warning other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
The law allows anyone in a procession to pass through a red light as long as the first vehicle in the procession went through it while it was still green. This privilege is accorded only if a vehicle's headlights are on. While the procession goes through the red signal, any other vehicle with a green light can enter the intersection only if it will not cross the procession's path.
A 3-foot minimum passing distance is required.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.