Texting in Traffic May Be Allowed in Maryland

State Senate considers weakening current law

By Adrienne Welsch
|  Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Texting in Traffic May Be Allowed in Maryland

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In Maryland, you can’t write or send a text while you’re driving.  But soon, you may be able to write or send one while you’re sitting in traffic or at a stoplight.

On Monday, Maryland senators voted to weaken the current ban on text messaging to apply only when a vehicle is moving.

The House of Delegates, on the other hand, voted to strengthen the bill by adding a ban on reading text messages behind the wheel as well.

Since both chambers passed different versions of the legislation, they will need to form a conference committee to agree on a compromise measure.

We all know distracted driving is dangerous, but wouldn't it be nice to pass the time in traffic on the Beltway by sending a few texts?

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