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1:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

MD Legislature Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to increase penalties for distracted driving that cause serious accidents has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.

Lawmakers gave the bill final approval Monday. It now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley.

The measure would increase penalties for people who cause accidents resulting in death or serious injury while text messaging or using hand-held cellphones.

Offenders would face penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of $5,000 under the bill.

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8:11 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Penalties Could Go Up If Texting While Driving Causes Accident

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to increase penalties for distracted driving.

The Senate passed the bill 46-0 on Thursday. It would apply to people who cause serious accidents while text messaging on hand-held cellphones.

Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery, is sponsoring the measure. It would impose a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $5,000 on a driver whose texting on a hand-held phone cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death.

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8:44 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Crackdown on Illegal Cellphones in MD Prisons

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are considering ways to cut down on contraband in correctional facilities.

Several measures will be outlined in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

One measure backed by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services would increase the penalty for providing a cellphone to a detained person from a misdemeanor to a felony. That would raise the penalty from up to three years in prison to five years.

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Local News
9:01 am
Tue October 1, 2013

New Laws Start in Maryland Today

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There are some new laws going into effect today in state of Maryland.

Police will now be able to ticket drivers for talking on their cell phone rather than being required to stop them for another violation.

Maryland is also banning 45 types of assault weapons and limiting gun magazine to 10 bullets beginning today.

In addition, those who want to purchase a handgun will have to be fingerprinted.

These gun laws are being challenged in court today.

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11:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

MD Moves to Make Driving While Talking On Cell Phone a Primary Offense

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure to strengthen laws against distracted driving.

The House voted 106-29 on Thursday to make talking on a handheld cellphone while driving a primary offense. That means a police officer could pull a driver over, if observed talking on a cellphone.

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9:15 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Cellphone Crackdown on Delaware Drivers

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DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state of Delaware is using a $900,000 federal grant to crack down on drivers who use a cell phone while behind the wheel.


 



The News Journal of Wilmington reports that the first of three waves of enforcement began this week.


Officers from more than 40 law enforcement agencies will be specially focused through Nov. 20 on distracted driving enforcement, searching for drivers who have phones pressed against their ear.

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