As a member of the Motor Vehicles and Transportation subcommittee, I am constantly looking for ways to improve public safety on Maryland’s roads. As a legislator for District 11, I also work with the State Highway Administration and the Maryland Transit Administration to ensure safe roads and transit service.
HB 494 Motor Vehicle – Use of Fog Lights when Windshield Wipers Operating – Repeal After my 2016 bill failed, I decided to simplify the language to achieve the same goal. This bill repeals the use of fog lights, which will in effect require that drivers have their headlights on, which also turns on tail lights, whenever wipers are in use. This bill also makes the overhead highway signs that are now in use more accurate: “Wipers on, headlights on, it’s the law.”
HB 889 Vehicle Laws – HOV Lanes – Tow Trucks This bill will allow tow trucks, when responding to a call for service, to use an HOV lane. Tow trucks will be able to get to accidents or disabled motorists more quickly, reducing the time it takes for disabled cars to be moved off the highway.
HB 294 – Lamps and Lights When Windshield Wipers Operating Requires that drivers have both their headlights and rear lights–not fog lights—whenever their windshield wipers are in operation due to bad weather conditions. The current law, which allows for operation of headlamps or fog lights, does not sufficiently ensure safety on the roads, because turning on fog lights does not automatically turn on the tail lights of the vehicle, which makes it difficult for cars behind to see in poor weather conditions.
HB 373 – Passenger Seatbelts – Primary Offense – is another bill designed to reduce unnecessary injuries and fatalities in car accidents. Current law makes it mandatory for the driver and front outboard passenger to wear seatbelts, but not a front middle-seat passenger. The current law also makes it a secondary offense not to wear a seatbelt in the back passenger seats. However, unrestrained passengers are much more likely to be injured or killed and to cause injuries to other passengers in the event of an accident. In order to prevent unnecessary and tragic deaths and injuries, HB 373 will require every passenger of a vehicle to wear a seat by making it a primary offense not to wear a seat belt.