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We live in a fast paced world and are easily distracted. Cellphones are the biggest distractions. Look around when walking and driving. Where people gather, cellphones are present. We laugh at videos of people bumping into poles while texting. However, it isn’t funny when someone is hit by a car or truck.

We talk about drunk driving, but drunk walking also kills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three (34percent) fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08. That is high enough to put a driver in jail. Call a cab or ride sharing service.

How many times did you hear someone tell you to look both ways before you cross the street? Probably more times than you can remember. It is true no matter how old you are.

Crosswalks are there for your safety. Please use them wherever you see them. By law, drivers must stop when you step down. However, if the crosswalk is at a traffic signal, walk when the light is green and do not walk when the light is red.

Jaywalking, to walk or cross the street without regard for approaching traffic, is against the law. More importantly, it is dangerous. It is even more dangerous to jaywalk at night. Seventy-five percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night. Seventy-two percent are not crossing at crosswalks or intersections.

Cars today are fast and people behind the wheel like to drive fast.

If a pedestrian is hit at 20 mph, they have a 10 percent chance of dying. However, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle at 40 mph, they have an 80 percent chance of dying. The numbers get worse as the speed increases.

Here’s how to stay safe and alive as a pedestrian: Pay attention to your surroundings, stay sober, use the crosswalks.

Over the next few weeks, Baltimore County Police will be out and about looking for those who drink and drive.

Police will be looking for drivers who are driving erratically, too fast, distracted and aggressive. If the officer believes a driver is driving while drunk or drugged, he will pull the driver over and ask for the person’s driver’s license and car registration. This will stop anyone who is driving without a license, has a suspended license or has outstanding warrants against them.

If the officer suspects that the driver is driving while intoxicated, a field sobriety test will be given. Should the driver fail the test, the driver will be arrested and taken back to the station. “Buzzed” and Drunk Driving are considered the same. A .08 is considered drunk in Maryland.

A DUI can cost the driver money and time. There are court costs, lawyer’s fees and fines. In some cases, the insurance will either go up or be cancelled.

Save money, time and most importantly, save lives. Don’t drink and drive.

Revised June 27, 2017