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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.

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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.