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Md. Strengthens Distracted Driving Law

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- The Maryland General Assembly has strengthened distracted driving laws in the state.

The House of Delegates voted 110-28 and the Senate voted 40-5 on Monday to pass House Bill 753. The bill makes talking on a handheld cellphone while driving a vehicle a primary offense. Under the bill, a police officer could pull over a driver for talking on a handheld while the vehicle is in motion.

A driver who is talking on a handheld cellphone at a red light when the vehicle is not moving could not be ticketed.

Under current law, a driver who is talking on a cellphone while driving can only be ticketed if he has been pulled over for another violation.

If signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the first offense would be punishable by up to a $75 fine. A second offense could bring a ticket of up to $125, and a third could result in a $175 fine.

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