This year AAA estimates that 42.2 million people will be driving over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Many states, including Maryland, prohibit the use of hand held cell phones while driving. In Maryland, while you can turn the phone on and off, and initiate or end a call, you cannot use your hands to operate the cell phone while operating a vehicle. As a “secondary” offense, you cannot be pulled over just for violating this law. However, if you are pulled over for another violation, a cell phone citation will cost you $40 (more for subsequent offenses). GWEBLAW urges drivers to use a hands free device or hold off on that phone call until you reach your destination. Our firm wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!