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Maryland Drivers May Face Life Without Reading Texts

Drivers may soon be barred form reading text messages



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    Maryland proposes no reading text messages while driving.

    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.