MD Bill Would Address Crashes from Distracted Driving
By The Associated Press

A measure in Maryland would make it a misdemeanor to cause accidents resulting in serious injury, if the driver at fault was talking on a cell phone.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee in Annapolis today; it would create a penalty of up to three years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Under current law, supporters of the bill say crashes caused by cellphone distracted driving typically result only in a traffic violation.

The measure is being named Jake's Law after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed in a crash in 2011.

A measure in the House of Delegates is sponsored by Delegate Luke Clippinger. A Senate bill is being sponsored by Senator Roger Manno.



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