ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have strengthened distracted driving laws.
The General Assembly passed a measure on Monday to make talking on a handheld cellphone while in driving a vehicle a primary offense. Under the bill, a police officer could pull over a driver for talking on a handheld while the vehicle is in motion.
A driver who is talking on a handheld cellphone at a red light when the vehicle isn't moving could not be ticketed.
Under current law, a driver who is talking on a cellphone while driving is a secondary offense - meaning he can only be pulled over for another violation.
The first offense would be punishable by up to a $75 fine. A second offense could bring a ticket of up to $125, and a third could result in a $175 fine.