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This afternoon, representatives from the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office will testify before the House and Senate Committees in support of bills to revise Maryland’s Criminal Negligence Law.
Senate Bill 565 and House Bill 835 both seek to create a more appropriate standard to prosecute drivers and boaters whose actions result in the death of other persons. The bills would amend the current law so that anyone driving a motor vehicle or operating a vessel would face up to 3 years of incarceration for any death caused when their actions create “a substantial and unjustifiable risk” that such a result would occur.
“It is clear to me that the current law is insufficient,” said State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess. “Every year I see pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle fatalities that I would like to prosecute in the criminal court, but the law stands in our way. This proposal will go a long way to enable us to address fatalities that result from more than mere negligence, and make roads safer for the citizens of Anne Arundel County.”