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Article - Transportation


    (a)    (1)    In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

        (2)    “9–1–1 system” has the meaning stated in § 1–301 of the Public Safety Article.

        (3)    “Text messaging device” means a handheld device used to send a text message or an electronic message via a short message service, wireless telephone service, or electronic communication network.

    (b)    Subject to subsection (c) of this section, an individual may not use a text messaging device to write, send, or read a text message or an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle in the travel portion of the roadway.

    (c)    This section does not apply to the use of:

        (1)    A global positioning system; or

        (2)    A text messaging device to contact a 9–1–1 system.

    (d)    (1)    If the Administration receives satisfactory evidence that an individual who is under the age of 18 years has violated this section, the Administration:

            (i)    May suspend the individual’s driver’s license for not more than 90 days; and

            (ii)    May issue a restricted license for the period of suspension that is limited to driving a motor vehicle:

                1.    In the course of the individual’s employment;

                2.    For the purpose of driving to or from a place of employment; or

                3.    For the purpose of driving to or from school.

        (2)    An individual may request a hearing as provided for a suspension or revocation under Title 12, Subtitle 2 of this article.

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