BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland State Police are cracking down on distracted drivers.

On average, nearly 27-thousand people are killed or injured as a result of distracted driving.

Last year state police issued more than 17,000 citations to dangerous drivers. Troopers say taking one’s eyes off the road for even a second could cost a driver their life.

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“Cell phone use is an issue but distracted driving is far more than just cell phone use,” said MSP spokesperson Ron Snyder. “That could be eating and drinking while driving. It could be grooming yourself while driving. It can be fiddling with the knobs on the panel while driving or watching a video while driving. So it’s really an all encompassing issue out on Maryland roads.”

Snyder says it’s something the State Police who are looking into it this month especially, but they look at it every month out of the year.

Distracted drivers who cause serious injury or death in an accident could be sentenced to up to three years in prison.

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Comments (7)
  1. Texting is not just a “teen” problem. There are millions of employees in company cars and fleet vehicles who try to “multi-task” behind the wheel.

    While Maryland may seek to lower distracted driving by increasing penalties, fees and regulations, there is another option. There are anti-texting apps, like AT&T DriveMode which is FREE!

    One area that is rarely discussed is that Maryland has thousands of government vehicles that inspectors, regulators and the agricultural department use as fleet vehicles, but they do not have the technology to diminish distracted driving. I would love to see one state lead by example and use a program, like FleetMode, to block texts, redirect incoming phone calls, and impede all other apps in the State vehicles. If we want our state roads to be safer, let’s start by making our state vehicles safer.

  2. Tim DeHoff says:

    Police have a duty to enforce laws put in place by politicians but this is nothing but another means by which Maryland generates revenue. Traveling between Florida and Pennsylvania I fully support efforts to deter distracted driving such as cell phone use, watching videos, reading, etc., but EATING or sipping coffee? Seriously? Eating what? Soup or chili certainly, but a burger? My wife hands me my burger and my eyes are never off the road – same for my coffee. Next, “fooling with knobs” on the dash can mean a citation? How about when I press the button on the steering wheel to activate voice commands for navigation? Is that still allowed? So glad to have escaped from Maryland.

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