: News

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Set to Go Into Effect

Play associated audio

By Elliott Francis

Maryland’s upcoming ban on driving while using a hand held cell phone allows the use of a hands-free listening device instead.

If you don’t have one and get caught, make sure you have it before going to court.

Some area stores report the stock of Bluetooth earpieces and other hands free items have been stripped bare, in anticipation the law, which starts Friday.

So it’s altogether possible someone will get a ticket, before they’ve had a chance to get a headset.

Cpl. Dan Friz with Montgomery County Police says if this happens, the courts are prepared to make some considerations if the violator demonstrates responsibility by purchasing the device before their court date.

"If a motorist gets a traffic citation for it -- if they come to court, and they bring the hands-free device with them, the court may wave the fine I’ll be up to each individual judge, but they can wave it," Friz says.

The law allows you to pull off the road and stop to use your cell. Violations carry a $40 fine for the first ticket, $100 for the second.

NPR

Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
NPR

Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
WAMU 88.5

Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

NPR

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.