House approves tougher distracted driving law

Cellphone While Driving House approves tougher distracted driving lawTalking on a handheld cellphone while driving could soon get you pulled over.

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a measure strengthening laws against distracted driving on Thursday.

The House passed the measure, which makes talking on a handheld cellphone a primary offense, by a 106-29 vote.

If the offense is made a primary one, that means that police could pull you over if he or she spots you talking on a handheld cellphone while driving.

Currently, the behavior is only a secondary offense, meaning that police need to have another reason to pull you over before ticketing you for talking on a handheld cellphone.

The fine is currently $40 for a first offense, and no points are assessed against the driver unless the offense leads to an accident.

Under the new measure, the fine would be raised to to a maximum of $500 and points could be assessed.

The measure will now head to the Senate.

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