Three police agencies in Carroll are joining for an initiative to crack down on distracted and aggressive driving, including the use of cellphones while driving.
As part of the joint initiative — beginning April 1 — deputies, troopers, and officers will be stopping drivers for distracted driving, including the use of handheld phones for calling or texting while driving.
The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police and Westminster Police Department ask drivers to “park the phone” before driving.
Fines for using a handheld cellphone are $83 for the first offense, $140 for the second offense and $160 for the third offense. Drivers can be ticketed for writing, sending or reading a text message; the fine is $70 and one point on your license, and may increase to $110 and three points if the use of the device contributes to a crash, according to a police news release.
If a driver causes serious injury or death while using a cellphone, they may receive a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of up to $5,000, according to the release.