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Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 02/15/2011

More texting while driving rules in Md.?

By Associated Press

Maryland residents are prohibited from writing text messages while driving. Now, some lawmakers say it's time for them to stop reading them.

A House of Delegates committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on legislation that would prohibit a driver from reading a text message or e-mail while driving. The measure went before lawmakers last year, but differences between the House and Senate were not worked out, and the bill failed to pass.

Current law prohibits a driver from using a hand-held device to send a text message while driving, but it still allows a driver to read a text message.

A Senate committee is holding a hearing on a bill that would ban text messaging when a vehicle is stopped at a traffic light.

Here is the text from three bills on text messaging in Maryland. House Bill 196, House Bill 221 and Senate Bill 424.

By Associated Press  | February 15, 2011; 10:47 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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Comments

Why waste their time on legislation that can't and won't be enforced?

It was safer when people were texting with their phones resting on the steering wheel. At least their focus was closer to the windshield. Now I see people sneak texting (snexting?) with their cell phones on the seat next to them or in their laps, eyes down or turned away from the road ahead.

Posted by: Nghbrhdwatch | February 15, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Enough with the nanny state. This is the problem with the left. They are so busy worrying about and trying to control other peoples lives they lose control and then as always expect others to pay for it.

Posted by: Pilot1 | February 15, 2011 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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