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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA9) -- Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has signed a bill into law that increases penalties for people who cause serious or fatal car accidents while texting or using handheld phones.

Jake's Law was named after 5-year-old Jake Owens. He was killed in a crash in 2011 by a driver on his cell phone. The driver was fined $1,000.

Offenders will face penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of $5,000 under the law.

More information on Jake's law:

http://changeforjake.org/

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