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House bill aims to strengthen distracted driving laws in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland lawmakers want to enable police to pull someone over if they are talking on a handheld cell phone while driving.

The House Environmental Matters Committee is holding a hearing on Tuesday that would make it a primary offense, instead of a secondary one.

That means a police officer could pull someone over after observing a driver talking on a handheld cell phone. Under current law, police can only issue a citation for talking on a cell phone while driving after another violation is observed.

The bill is being sponsored by Delegate James Malone, D-Baltimore County, and Delegate A. Wade Kach, R-Baltimore County.

Now, nine states and the District of Columbia enforce the law as a primary offense.

2 comments

  1. Hi there – I work for a personal injury law firm here in Houston, TX. We’ve seen the number of cases involving distracted driving increase significantly. Stricter laws are a good step to curbing this dangerous practice. Greater awareness of the problem, safer cars and safer devices are also pieces of the puzzle.

    Anyhow, thanks for sharing! – Aly

  2. Stricter laws are necessary; I still see people talking on cell phones every day while driving even though it is banned in CA.

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