Maryland Drivers May Face Life Without Reading Texts

Drivers may soon be barred form reading text messages

By Scott Eisenhuth
|  Tuesday, Feb 2, 2010  |  Updated 8:01 AM EDT
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Maryland Drivers May Face Life Without Reading Texts

Angelos Papazis

Maryland proposes no reading text messages while driving.

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Right now it’s against the law to send a text message and drive in Maryland.  But there is a loophole in the law. You can still read a text message while you are driving.

Well, one on-the-ball lawmaker from Baltimore County wants to end that loophole.

Delegate James Malone’s proposal would make reading a text message while driving a misdemeanor and carry a fine of up to $500.

The Maryland House will hold a hearing on the proposal today.

Maryland police have issued 60 citations for texting and driving since Oct. 1, when prohibitions on writing and sending texts took effect.

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