AAA Says 43.6 million travelers expected over the holiday weekend, the fourth consecutive increase.
Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner the countdown is on for the most congested roads and crowded airports of the year. AAA is predicting the fourth consecutive increase in the number of Thanksgiving travelers this year, albeit on smaller budgets. The travel group expects 43.6 million Americans will hit the highways and airports over the holiday, a 0.7 percent bump over last year, reports USA Today. But whereas travelers spent on average of $544 last year, they will spend only $498 this year. Ninety percent of the holiday’s travel will be done by car and seven percent in the air, The Washington Post reported. Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown responded to the increased traffic by ordering increased patrols …
Effective Oct. 1, drivers are no longer allowed to read messages while driving or while stopped in traffic in Maryland.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
It's no longer legal to "read" text messages while driving or stopped at a traffic signal in Maryland since a revised distracted driving law took effect on Oct. 1. Previously, loopholes in the state's texting law restricted drivers from typing a message but allowed for an occasional peek at smartphones. The revised law, SB 424, updated the existing ban on texting while driving to include “reading” messages (as well as writing and sending) by removing the language that allowed texting while a vehicle is stopped in traffic. It was signed into law by the governor on May 19. Other amendments limiting a driver's behaviors—such as banning the reading of newspapers along with eating and drinking while driving—were rejected.