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Law Prohibits Reading Texts While Driving

October 3rd, 2011 by WCBC Radio

A new law went into effect in Maryland Saturday (October 1) that prohibits reading a text message or electronic message while driving in the travel portion of a roadway, even if you are stopped at a traffic light or not in motion. The Maryland legislature failed an attempt last year to close a loophole with the texting while driving ban which passed in 2009. That bill prohibited writing and sending an electronic message. This new law also bans reading a text message, making it a primary offense. That means you can be pulled over for it. WBAL reports the law has more than a few critics, including  Republican State Delegate Michael Smigiel from Cecil County says the new law is an infringement on a motorist's liberties- and actually could cause even more problems than it addresses…

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