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The Maryland Senate is advancing a measure to increase penalties for distracted driving.
The Senate passed the bill without opposition yesterday. It would apply to people who cause serious accidents while text messaging on hand-held cellphones.
Sen. Roger Manno, of Montgomery County, is sponsoring the measure. It would impose a three-year prison sentence and a fine of up to $5,000 on a driver whose texting on a hand-held phone causes an accident resulting in serious injury or death.
The measure is known as Jake's Law after five-year-old Jake Owen, who was killed in a crash in 2011.
The House of Delegates has passed a separate bill.