Texting while driving
Starting Tuesday all over Maryland, you can get pulled over by the police just for having a cell phone to your ear. Until now, it’s been a secondary offense to talk and drive.
In less than a month, talking on your cell phone while driving will become a primary offense–a law one family says is bittersweet after they say they lost their son because of a distracted driver.
Though young drivers only make up 7 percent of the population, they’re responsible for over 15 percent of car accidents.
Memorial Day to Labor Day are the deadliest days of the summer for drivers, especially young drivers. Many of the accidents are caused by distracted driving.
It’s an unprecedented move by the nation’s top cell phone providers. Normally fierce competitors, the four companies have now banded together to fight the epidemic of texting and driving.
It’s illegal in Maryland to text on hand-held cell phones. Many drivers use their voice-to-text, thinking it’s a safer option but a new study shows it’s just as dangerous as typing.
In Annapolis, there’s a new push to restrict what drivers can and can’t do with their cell phones behind the wheel.
If you text and drive, you lose. That’s the message students at a local high school drove away with after spending the morning behind the wheel playing a virtual texting while driving game.
The nationwide problem of texting and driving had gotten so bad that Maryland passed a law forbidding it. An insurance agent wants to make that point to teenagers.
When a high school principal requests it, nurses from Shock Trauma talk to students about the consequences of poor choices made while driving.
Texting while driving is claiming more lives. One study says 5,000 people are killed every year. Now a Maryland entrepreneur has invented new technology that could save lives.