Maryland is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It
is a major center for life sciences research and development, with over
350 biotechnology companies located in the state. Government agencies
and institutions located in Maryland include Johns Hopkins University,
the National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Mental
Health, United States Census Bureau, the Food and Drug Administration
and Human Genome Sciences, among many others.
Many well known people were born in Maryland, including actor David
Hasselhoff, radio talk show host Montel Williams, civil rights activist
Harriet Tubman, and author Tom Clancy, just to name a few.
There are 24 counties or county equivalents in Maryland. The most
populous counties are Montgomery, Prince George and Baltimore, each
having nearly one million residents within its borders.
Maryland has a state run lottery that brought in $519 in revenue for FY
2011. Lottery revenue grew for the 14th year in a row. Those numbers
don't include $50 million from the state's slot machine gambling
program, which launched with the opening of two casinos in the past
year. Money generated by the casinos is set aside in a special fund for
Maryland boasts the lowest poverty rate in the nation, at 7.5%.
Personal income per capita is the 5th in the nation. Despite these
favorable statistics, folks in Maryland still have their troubles,
including occasional brushes with the law. The state imprisonment rate
is 382 per 100,000 residents, compared to the national rate of 502.
Maryland law differentiates between DWI (driving while intoxicated) and
DUI (driving under the influence). DWI is more severe than DUI. DWI
means, among other things, that your blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
is at a level of .08% or higher. If you receive a first time DWI in
Maryland, you will instantly have your drivers' license revoked. You
will also be fined $1000. A second offense will raise your fine to
Although DUI is less severe under Maryland law, it is still a serious
offense. You will be charged with a DUI if you are caught driving with
a BAC between .04% and .07%. If convicted, you will receive 8 points on
your license (12 points and it is revoked). On a first DUI offense,
expect to pay a fine of $500. You can be sentenced to jail time for
either a DWI or a DUI. If you have a minor in your car while driving
under the influence, expect your punishment to become much more severe.
Strange Maryland Laws
It makes sense that driving while drunk is against Maryland law, but
the state also has some laws on the books that aren't quite as logical.
For example, it is illegal to grow thistles in your yard. In Baltimore
it's a violation to wear a sleeveless shirt while in the park.
One law that is logical but seems unnecessary is the one that says it
is illegal in Baltimore to take a lion to a movie. Watch your language,
because it is also against the law to curse inside Baltimore city
limits. What the H-E-double-hockey-sticks?