Maryland’s new laws against texting while driving have been widely publicized. However, drivers are not necessarily aware that you can be ticketed for texting while your car is properly stopped for a red light.
The law prohibits texting while operating a vehicle. The term “operating” a vehicle has been defined as one being behind the wheel of the car, with the key in the ignition. The car does not have to be moving on the roadway.
In DUI cases drivers have been determined to be operating a vehicle when they have been behind the wheel, with the key in the ignition and with the engine off. It remains to be determined whether a Court will allow a texting citation to stand if the motor is not running.