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Costly texts: Don't text while driving in Delaware either

Costly texts: Don't text while driving in Delaware either

If you're driving through Delaware any time soon, don't think you can pick up your phone just because you're out of Maryland.

Delaware is about to implement a tougher law that will make hand-held phone offenses more expensive.

The Associated Press reports that a bill being signed Wednesday by Gov. Jack Markell increases the penalty for a first offense of texting behind the wheel from $50 to $100. It also increases the penalty for subsequent offenses from between $100 and $200 to between $200 and $300.

While lawmakers voted earlier this year to toughen the financial penalties, they backed off a proposal calling for points to be assessed on a person's driver's license...

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