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Insurers seek brakes on comparative negligence for cyclists

Bruce Bereano, a tobacco lobbyist, stands in front of the Maryland State House in Annapolis. Bereano said he believes states used money from the Master Settlement Agreement with tobacco companies as an opportunity to bring in money instead of placing enough money on tobacco programs. (Capital News Service photo by Erin Serpico)

ANNAPOLIS — Cycling organizations urged legislators Tuesday to establish a comparative negligence standard for when they or pedestrians are struck by vehicles, drawing opposition from insurers, defense attorneys and local governments. Sen. Susan C. Lee, D-Montgomery, proposed a “comparative negligence ...

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Study: Md.’s alcohol tax increase led to drop in drunken driving accidents

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The increase in Maryland’s alcohol tax in 2011 has saved lives, advocates said after a new study showed a decrease in alcohol-related car crashes in the last six years. The study, by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, showed ...

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Montgomery County deaths spur Maryland drunken-driving bills

Montgomery County State’s Attorney John McCarthy said the potential for jail time for parents who host underage drinking parties puts ‘additional teeth’ into existing laws. ‘There should be consequences for these actions other than a fine,’ he says. ‘Fines are wholly inadequate as maximum penalties.’ (Photo illustration by Maximilian Franz)

The drunken-driving-related deaths in Montgomery County last year of two recent high-school graduates and a police officer have spurred legislation to allow judges to imprison adults who host underage-drinking parties, permit drunken-driving victims to get punitive damages and increase the punishment for drunken motorists who kill people.

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Md. high court considers liability for hosts of underage drinking parties

Attorneys for victims of drunken driving told Maryland’s top court last week that a parent or other adult who hosts an underage drinking party owes a legal duty to the young attendees such that he or she can be held liable for an intoxicated attendee’s death or injuries sustained by someone struck by an inebriated teenager driving from the event.

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