cell phone http://delmarvapublicradio.net en Hiking Penalties for Handheld Cell Use While Driving in Delaware http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/hiking-penalties-handheld-cell-use-while-driving-delaware <p>DOVER, Del. (AP) - A proposed increase in the first-time penalty for using a handheld cell phone or other electronic device while driving is making progress in the Delaware General Assembly.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://delonline.us/1lob2e5">Wilmington News Journal </a>reports that the House of Representatives approved a measure Thursday that would boost the penalty for first-time offenders from $50 to $75. Repeat offenders face fines of $200.</p><p>The bill was introduced by Republican Rep. Joe Miro.</p><p>The legislation now heads to the Senate.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:02:55 +0000 Don Rush 55965 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Hiking Penalties for Handheld Cell Use While Driving in Delaware MD Legislature Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-legislature-cracks-down-distracted-drivers <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to increase penalties for distracted driving that cause serious accidents has been passed by the Maryland General Assembly.</p><p>Lawmakers gave the bill final approval Monday. It now goes to Gov. Martin O'Malley.</p><p>The measure would increase penalties for people who cause accidents resulting in death or serious injury while text messaging or using hand-held cellphones.</p><p>Offenders would face penalties of up to a year in jail and a fine of $5,000 under the bill.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:14:32 +0000 Don Rush 52192 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Legislature Cracks Down on Distracted Drivers Penalties Could Go Up If Texting While Driving Causes Accident http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/penalties-could-go-if-texting-while-driving-causes-accident <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Senate has passed a measure to increase penalties for distracted driving.</p><p>The Senate passed the bill 46-0 on Thursday. It would apply to people who cause serious accidents while text messaging on hand-held cellphones.</p><p>Sen. Roger Manno, D-Montgomery, is sponsoring the measure. It would impose a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $5,000 on a driver whose texting on a hand-held phone cause an accident resulting in serious injury or death.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:11:31 +0000 Don Rush 51191 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Penalties Could Go Up If Texting While Driving Causes Accident Crackdown on Illegal Cellphones in MD Prisons http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/crackdown-illegal-cellphones-md-prisons <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers are considering ways to cut down on contraband in correctional facilities.</p><p>Several measures will be outlined in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.</p><p>One measure backed by the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services would increase the penalty for providing a cellphone to a detained person from a misdemeanor to a felony. That would raise the penalty from up to three years in prison to five years.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:44:28 +0000 Don Rush 48733 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Crackdown on Illegal Cellphones in MD Prisons New Laws Start in Maryland Today http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/new-laws-start-maryland-today <p>There are some new laws going into effect today in state of Maryland.</p><p>Police will now be able to ticket drivers for talking on their cell phone rather than being required to stop them for another violation.</p><p>Maryland is also banning 45 types of assault weapons and limiting gun magazine to 10 bullets beginning today.</p><p>In addition, those who want to purchase a handgun will have to be fingerprinted.</p><p>These gun laws are being challenged in court today.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:01:37 +0000 Don Rush 42149 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net New Laws Start in Maryland Today MD Moves to Make Driving While Talking On Cell Phone a Primary Offense http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/md-moves-make-driving-while-talking-cell-phone-primary-offense <p></p><p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure to strengthen laws against distracted driving.</p><p>The House voted 106-29 on Thursday to make talking on a handheld cellphone while driving a primary offense. That means a police officer could pull a driver over, if observed talking on a cellphone.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:43:05 +0000 Don Rush 31196 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net MD Moves to Make Driving While Talking On Cell Phone a Primary Offense Cellphone Crackdown on Delaware Drivers http://delmarvapublicradio.net/post/cellphone-crackdown-delaware-drivers <P><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">DOVER, Del. (AP) — The state of Delaware is using a $900,000 federal grant to crack down on drivers who use a cell phone while behind the wheel.</FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">&nbsp;</FONT></P> <P></P> <P><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">The <A href="http://bitly.com/RH368Y">News Journal of Wilmington </A>reports that the first of three waves of enforcement began this week. </FONT></P> <P><FONT size=3 face="Times New Roman">Officers from more than 40 law enforcement agencies will be specially focused through Nov. Thu, 08 Nov 2012 14:15:50 +0000 Don Rush 24262 at http://delmarvapublicradio.net Cellphone Crackdown on Delaware Drivers