The House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed House Bill 363 (Manslaughter by Motor Vehicle Criminal Negligence) out of Committee. This bill will make it a misdemeanor for one person to cause the death of another while operating a motor vehicle or vessel. (Vessel? Yes, boats are included too. This IS Maryland.)
This law may not help protect cyclists or pedestrians more, but it does bring about a more equitable outcome when such tragic incidents occur. Under current state law, motorists can be penalized with a $1000 fine for taking someone’s life while driving. Paying a fine does not even require a court appearance.
HB 363 will need to be voted on favorably by the House for it to move to the Senate for a vote. If voted on favorably by the Senate, we expect the Governor to sign the bill into law. This is the first time in seven years that this bill will (hopefully) make it to the Senate for a vote.
If you want to see this bill pass, please contact your delegates and state senators TODAY! You can find your elected officials here