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Bill Would Address Crashes From Distracted Driving

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure in Maryland would make it a misdemeanor to cause accidents resulting in serious injury, if the driver at fault was talking on a cellphone.
    
The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
    
It would create a penalty of up to three years in jail and a $5,000 fine.
    
Under current law, supporters of the bill say crashes caused by cellphone distracted driving typically result only in a traffic violation.
    
The measure is being named Jake's Law after 5-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed in a crash in 2011.
    
A measure in the House of Delegates is sponsored by Del. Luke Clippinger, D-Baltimore. A Senate bill is being sponsored by Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery.


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