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.