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A new ban on texting while driving in Maryland has some wondering whether the law lacks punch. The law which takes effect later this week allows for a fine of up to 500-dollars for anyone in Maryland caught creating or sending a text message while operating a motor vehicle in the state.

Critics of the restriction say it doesn't go far enough pointing out that while it prohibits writing or sending, the law still allows reading text messages while driving. A AAA foundation study has shown that text messaging takes a driver's eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, or as long as it takes to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour.

Elliott Francis reports...

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