Lawmakers look to outlaw reading texts while driving

Lawmakers are pushing again to expand prohibitions on cell phone use behind the wheel. Proposals this year include a ban on reading texts or electronic messages such as e-mails while driving, and enabling officers to pull over drivers talking on their handheld devices even if they are not breaking any other laws. Full Story »

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Gin Ferrara
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by Gin Ferrara - Feb. 16, 2011

I really would like to know more about why this is an unpopular position - why have legislateors "been reluctant to criminalize driver behavior?" That said, the nuances of the bill and its former iterations were clearly explained, and gave me a lot more information.

While Sen. Garagiola is against the bill, citing all the other things people do behind the wheel that are dangerous, it sounds like a weak argument.

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Asia S. Hinton
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by Asia S. Hinton - Feb. 16, 2011

I believe this story exhibits good journalism. Not only was the story interesting, but it brought about many facts that were unknown to me. For example, I did not know that it was only illegal to text while driving, not including reading a text. The story also has various sources and information that make the story seem credible; and as we all know credibility is key. The story was also written in an easy to read format. There were little to no errors that I found in the story, meaning that the writer and the editor did a great job writing and proofreading. However, I do believe that the writer of the story could have offered more links; only links provided were that of cell phones, and AAA; some links the writer could have used ... More »

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Andrew Pham
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by Andrew Pham - Feb. 16, 2011

Great explanation of the issues, from multiple perspectives. I appreciated that there was a comparison to the use of cell phones and their penalties. I would have liked a better explanation of the procedures pertaining to passing the change to the law.

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Andrew Hazlett
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by Andrew Hazlett - Feb. 22, 2011

A survey of the complicated laws governing what can and can't be done with mobile electronic devices in Maryland automobiles. New proposals would ban reading as well as sending text messages.

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