The Observer

Serious driving accidents demand action

On Jan. 13, 2020, an MCPS school bus drives students home.

By Sacha Feldberg, Arts Editor

February 3, 2020

Last month, two MCPS students were harmed in vehicle collisions near school bus areas. Both of these incidents have led members of the MCPS community to wonder what safety regulations are needed to ensure that students will be safe on their way to school. On Dec. 12, Sophia Chen, a 9-year-old from B...

Distracted driving: It can wait

Many CHS students have passed the driving test and earned their license but may be tempted by dangerous behind-the-wheel habits.

By Michael Fox, Sports Editor

March 23, 2015

It can wait. Any text, any call, any drink. It can wait. Distractions while driving can be subtle, yet life-threatening: all it takes is half a second to make a mistake. Whether it’s drunk driving, texting while driving, eating while driving or blasting the stereo, it’s obvious that teens tend...

Jake’s Law blames texting drivers for wrong reasons

By Greer Smith, Senior Writer

June 5, 2014

Imagine someone going out, knowing very well he will be drinking. He gets drunk, drives home, and hits another car, killing someone. Now imagine a teenager driving who hears his phone buzz and sees “Mom” flash on the screen. The teen glances at the phone and hits another car, killing someone. Though...

Cellphone use while driving is now primary offense

Cellphone use while driving is now primary offense

By Michael Fox, Photo Editor

October 25, 2013

The Maryland legislature’s new cell phone policy prohibiting the use of any hand-held cell phone while driving took effect Oct. 1. The previous law stated using a cell phone while driving was a secondary offense, meaning an officer needed a primary offense such as speeding or running a red light in ...

Crash course in local driving schools

By Elizabeth Campbell, Production Editor

October 2, 2012

Getting a license is an important milestone for teenagers, but before being handed that small plastic rectangle of freedom teens have to engage in a mandatory driver’s education course. Maryland law states that in order to obtain a driver’s license, applicants must take a Maryland state-approved...

New Maryland bill restricts all cell phone use while driving

By By Amna Farooqi, News Editor

May 6, 2010

Maryland banned the use of cell phones while driving April 9 when the state legislature passed a bill declaring talking on a phone while driving officially illegal. MD will become the seventh state to ban cell phones while driving if Governor Martin O’Malley signs the bill, which will go into effect...

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