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New Phone Law Takes Effect In MD

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SALISBURY, Md. – Starting Tuesday in Maryland, if you drive with a phone to your ear, you're breaking the law, and you can get pulled over for it.

Previously, talking on a mobile phone had been a secondary offense, meaning you could not be pulled over. You could be fined for doing so, but only if already stopped for a primary offense. Now, talking on the phone is itself a primary offense.

The law is in place as part of an effort to cut down on distracted driving, which has proven problematic in recent years, with the potential for catastrophic outcomes.

Under the new law, phone use while driving will carry a $75 fine. But each new offense means an increase in the fine.

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