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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 04/ 9/2010

Md. lawmakers approve cell phone ban

By Washington Post editors

Maryland lawmakers have approved a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving.

The House of Delegates voted 125-14 on Friday to pass a measure already approved by the Senate. The legislation now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who plans to sign the bill.

Drivers could only use their hands to turn a phone on and off. They wouldn't be allowed to hold a cell phone during the conversation while driving.

Drivers could be fined $40 for first violations, under the bill, but could only be pulled over if they are committing another offense as well, such as running a stop light.

-- Associated Press

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By Washington Post editors  | April 9, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  | Tags:  Martin O'Malley, Mobile phone  
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