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Don Rush

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration is promoting five rules for teen driver safety.

The "5 to Drive" campaign is part of National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday. MVA workers are handing out brochures targeting behaviors that have been shown to reduce the risk of fatal car crashes involving young people.

Number one: No cellphones. The agency says a car going 55 mph can travel the length of a football field in the five seconds it takes to glance at a phone.

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The Met Charter School in Wilmington will not close after all.

The school leaders convinced its board last night the facility could solve its behavioral problems that have come up during its first few weeks into its first academic year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the school had not enacted clear rules or consequences for disruptive behavior.

In addition, the paper reports that teachers have been having trouble with the schools teaching model.

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If you need to call 911 on your cell phone in Southern New Jersey, Delaware or Pennsylvania you might be having some trouble getting through.

Delaware officials are encouraging residents who have an emergency to the use a land line to make the call.

The problem also involves calls between land lines and cell phones.

Officials are working on the problem and it not clear when service will be restored.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover police have doled out more than 300 tickets to distracted drivers for texting and talking on their cell phones.

The 316 tickets were part of a 12-day blitz that ended Sunday and eclipse the amount of distracted driving tickets the department issued during the first eight months of the year. Just 291 citations were issued for distracted driving between Jan. 1 and Sept. 3.

Although the targeted effort is over, police say they'll still be enforcing cell phone laws year-round in hopes of preventing car crashes.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Sen. Christopher Shank says government agencies can learn a great deal about people by just tracking their movements via their cellphones and license plates. He says Maryland needs stricter privacy protections to keep pace with new surveillance technology.

Shank, R-Washington, presented to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Thursday two bills that would put new surveillance restrictions on the government. Parallel bills are pending in the House.


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 cell phone.

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 cell phone distracted driving typically result only in a traffic violation.