OMG: MD 2 Outlaw Txtng While Drvng

Maryland Senate passes bill to ban reading texts while driving

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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OMG: MD 2 Outlaw Txtng While Drvng

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Imagine: you get a text message alert on your cell phone while your hands are at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel. Soon, you could be breaking the law in Maryland if you read that text message. And it won’t matter if your car is in motion or not.

The Maryland Senate approved a measure banning people from reading text messages while they are driving. The Senate passed the bill Monday night 35 to 11.

Violators could be fined up to $500.  Drivers also could not read a text message while stopped at a traffic light.

The House of Delegates approved a similar bill last week.

Current law prohibits a driver from using a hand-held device to send a text message while driving, but it still allows a driver to read one.

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