Md. Bill Bans Text Message Reading While Driving

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Measures banning people from reading text messages while driving in Maryland are moving forward in the General Assembly.

The House of Delegates passed the bill 116-22 on Thursday. The Senate gave a similar bill preliminary approval after senators rejected several amendments. One of those amendments would have banned eating and drinking while driving as well.

Maryland residents already are prohibited from writing text messages while driving. In fiscal year 2010, there were 208 violations statewide.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  1. PAUL MICELLI says:

    I THOUGHT THE DMV MANUAL STATES THAT BOTH HANDS WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ON THE WHEEL WHILE THE VEHICLE IS BEING OPERATED AT ALL TIMES.

    1. Kari says:

      Using caps lock does not make other people take your point seriously. If you wish to be taken seriously, please write like an educated adult.

      1. Robin says:

        Kari – Just because Paul used all caps doesn’t automatically mean his comment wasn’t “educated”. With comments like yours, I can’t imagine anyone taking you serious. I’m sorry you are such a miserable, unhappy person that you feel the need to correct others due to your preferences.

        Paul, I FULLY AGREE WITH YOUR COMMENT.

    2. bud says:

      I see what you are getting at Paul, but to play devils advocate on that statement, what about manual transmissions? Folks with stick shift can not have both hands on the wheel at all times. Should they be ticketed too?

  2. uni7 says:

    Ban all you want, write all the laws you want, It doesn’t mean anything to people who have no regard for a toothless law. When caught, a $500 fine first offense, 2nd time $1k & a weekend in jail doing road cleanup. I think you will get their attention then Toothless laws mean NOTHING TO IDIOTS & LAWBREAKERS!

  3. chris says:

    how will an officer know if your reading or writing? keep your damn phone out your hand and drive people.

  4. loory says:

    For anyone opposed to this, close your eyes for 3 seconds while driving. That’s exactly what you do when you read a text. Scary thought? Wake up people, you’re driving a 2 ton death machine around thousands of other people. There’s a reason they call it attack with a deadly weapon if you try to run someone over. This isn’t a game- this is life or death. Stop being selfish for 3 seconds- IT CAN WAIT.

  5. Teajay says:

    The cell phone laws are a joke in MD., it only applies to the public. The police don’t have to purchase hands free devices. They can say their on an emergency call when they are caught on the phone while driving. How can you expect the public to do as we say not do as we do!

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