Manslaughter by Vehicle or Vessel – Criminal Negligence Myths and Facts

Manslaughter by Vehicle or Vessel- Criminal Negligence

Support this bill to close a significant loophole that currently exists in Maryland law

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Myths & Facts

FACT: This bill establishes a standard of negligence that falls between gross negligence (for conviction of manslaughter by vehicle) and of simple negligence

FACT: Courts have found that the Model Penal Code’s definition of negligence is not unconstitutionally vague

FACT: Criminal Law Article §2-209 requires proof of gross negligence for conviction. This is defined as “wanton or reckless disregard for human life. This bill does not require that conduct be “extraordinary or outrageous”.

FACT: This bill requires that both the risk created by the person’s action and a deviation from the standard of care involved in the failure to perceive the risk be substantial. Thus, it requires more than simple negligence

Why is this important for you as a legislator and citizen of Maryland?

From: Bike Maryland's Myths and Facts Manslaughter by Vehicle or Vessel
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