Monday, October 7, 2013

New Cell Phone and Seatbelt Laws

News laws regarding Cell Phone and Seatbelt usage are effective October 1st. Here is a brief overview of the changes:

With regard to Cell Phone use:

  • A driver of a vehicle in motion may not use their hands to use a handheld telephone unless it is to initiate or terminate a wireless call or turn off (or on) a handheld phone
  •  The new law is a primary enforcement, which means no other violation other than talking on a cell phone is necessary to pull over the driver and issue a citation
  • The vehicle must be in motion for this law to apply
Fines: 1st Offense- $83, 2nd offense- $140, 3rd offense (and any subsequent)- $160. No points will be accessed to your driver's licence unless cell phone usage contributed to a collision.

With regard to Texting: Don't Do It!

  1. Always a primary enforcement
  2. Vehicle does not have to be in motion (just on a travel portion of the roadway)
  3. Exceptions: GPS or to contact a 9-11 system

Fines: $70.00 for the first and subsequent offenses
The driver is assessed one point for this violation and three points if it contributes to a collision.

With regard to Seatbelt Usage:

All persons
riding in a motor vehicle are now required to be restrained by a seatbelt or a child safety seat (as defined by provisions of the law) and that only the number of persons for which seatbelts are available may be transported in the vehicle.

This law prohibits using a single seatbelt for more than one individual. You cannot have more people in the car than there are seatbelts. No exceptions.

New law requires persons over 16 years of age to be restrained regardless of position in the car. This provision is a secondary enforcement (officers must have another reason to pull you over).

Fine: $83 for first and subsequent offenses.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Community Service Day 2013

The 27th annual Montgomery County Community Service Day is almost upon us! On October 26th (and the week leading up to it) there will be numerous volunteer opportunities for any and all to take part in. There is a county wide food drive for the Manna Food Center on the 26th and 27th. Information on that fabulous opportunity can be found here: Help the Hungry Food Drive.

But that's not all! There are 17 other organizations in the B-CC region that you may volunteer for.
Here's the full list with a link to their description:

Put Away Povich Field
Bethesda Big Train Baseball
Video Distribution – Brain Aneurysm Foundation
Twinbrook Stream Clean Up - City of Rockville
After School Snack Pack - Dawson's Market
Fall Frolic - Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture
Office Spruce Up - Hope Connections for Cancer Support
Spend a Day with Group Home Residents – Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Adult Literacy Tutor Info Session – Literacy Council of Montgomery County
Painting and Yard Work - Mobile Medical Care
Hillmead Park Invasive Weed Removal - Montgomery County Parks
Design Posters – Mover Moms
Lincoln Park Cemetery Clean Up - Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
Baptist Cemetery Clean Up – Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation
Assist at Information FairPotomac Community Resources
Touch Truck Event HelpSuburban Nursery School

Want to plan your own project? No problem! Use this form (Community Service Day Project Form)  to spread the word about your project so others might participate. If you want to develop a group project but don't have an idea of what you want to do (or how to do it)... check out this link: Group Projects page.

For more info about this event check out the Community Service Webpage.

For any additional questions contact Katie Sayago at or 240-777-2608.

Give back to the community you love!