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Date: Apr 11, 2019

While cell phone technology makes life on the go more convenient, it also has its drawbacks – and its dangers. Every time we pick up our phones to call, text or receive information, we run the risk of crashing into another vehicle or pedestrian.

Why park the phone? Getting pulled over for a violation can get expensive. If you are caught using your phone while driving, you could receive a ticket of up to $160.

Why park the phone? You could save a life. According to the Maryland Highway Safety Office, distracted driving kills or injures approximately 27,000 people per year. It contributes to 58 percent of all crashes in Maryland. These deaths and injuries are totally preventable.

Why park the phone? Causing a crash while distracted can have dire consequences. If the driver is found to be responsible for a serious injury or death while talking or texting, the driver could go to prison for years and face thousands of dollars in fines.

Why park the phone? Maryland law enforcement is increasing its mobile device enforcement throughout the state. Officers will be on the lookout for drivers using cell phones in travel lanes. And yes, that includes holding the phone on speaker or checking your texts at a red light.

Every time you get behind the wheel, park the phone before you drive. It’s more important than any call or text you may receive.















This is a photo taken earlier this year of a Baltimore County Police car that was struck by a distracted driver. Luckily, no one was injured in this crash.

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, runs through May. This program includes the following segments.

  • JOINS Program – Sergeant Garry Leonard, of the Youth and Community Services Section, explains the importance of this program, which aims at preventing juvenile delinquency by diverting first-time, non-violent offenders from the juvenile justice system.
  • RATT (Regional Auto Theft Task Force) – Sergeant Izaac Hester, of the Regional Auto Theft Task Force, provides insight into the unit's daily activities with a ride along with detectives. He discusses the problem of auto thefts and gives tips to keep your car secure.
  • Unsolved Homicide – Idrissa Derme was fatally shot when making a food delivery on October 15, 2018. Your help is needed in solving this crime.

These segments are available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

On the Beat also airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers tonight. The event will take place at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Baltimore 21244. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., dinner is at 7 p.m. and the awards presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Colonel Robert McCullough, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, will present awards to five volunteers, 13 chaplains, 38 members of the Police Auxiliary Team, and two retired police officers who offer their assistance on cases. These members volunteered approximately 10,000 hours in 2018.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 7 to 13.

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