According to a 2022 Forbes Advisor survey, Maryland drivers are more aggressive than drivers from some other states. The survey ranked Maryland as the seventh state with the most aggressive drivers in the U.S. Here are a few violations that are common among Maryland drivers.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that drunk driving in the U.S. accounts for about 37 deaths daily. In Maryland, a drunk driving conviction can result in a fine of $1,000 plus one year in jail. A driver with multiple drunk driving traffic violations can face stiffer penalties.
Speeding and speeding tickets
Speeding is a contributor to motor vehicle injuries and deaths. Based on information from The National Safety Council, speeding contributed to 29% of all traffic fatalities in 2021. On average, more than 33 people per day died because of speeding.
Tailgating is a dangerous habit that some drivers develop. It occurs when one driver follows too closely behind another vehicle. If the driver in front suddenly stops, the driver in the back can crash into the vehicle.
Driving with a suspended license in Maryland is a misdemeanor. A first offense can result in a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Any offense after the first offense can result in up to two years in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.
Leaving the scene of a crime
It’s a crime to leave the scene of an accident. Whether or not you caused the accident doesn’t matter; you’re supposed to remain on the scene. Leaving the scene can result in points toward the suspension of your license. And if anyone was injured or killed, you risk getting charged with a felony.
The common Maryland driving violations mentioned above are all avoidable. Cautious and prudent driving makes the roads safer for everyone.