Lawmakers in Maryland are planning on prohibiting drivers from sending text messages even when their cars are not in motion, for instance at stoplights. According to the new law anyone who wants to text while in their car will have to pull over to a shoulder or the side of the road.
Maryland already had laws prohibiting texting-while-driving but two state senators and three delegates are backing the expansion of the older legislation to include prohibiting texting “while in a main roadway’ whether the car is moving or not.
This bill also prohibits reading text messages while driving, a prohibition left out of the original legislation. The Judicial Proceedings Committee of the State Senate are due have a hearing on the bill this Tuesday.