ANNAPOLIS. Md. - The distracted driving laws are about to be a little tougher as Gov. Martin O'malley signed Jake's Law today.
The law was named after Jake Owen who was killed by a driver that was using his cell phone. The new law increases the penalty for those using handheld devices that cause a deadly accident.
Now they can face up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.
“We really wanted this bill to be a deterrent not necessity a punishment. In our case the driver who struck our car and killed our 5-year-old son got just a $1,000 fine,” said Susan Yum, Jake’s mother.
Jake's family was in Annapolis today when the governor signed the bill.