Distracted driver laws to be tougher after O'Malley signs 'Jake's Law'

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.

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