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Today, July 25, Baltimore County Police, Maryland State Police and Baltimore City Police will be actively patrolling Interstate 83 (I-83) for distracted drivers.

In 2017, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the following numbers are the result of distracted driving:

  • Nine percent of fatal crashes were reported as distraction-related crashes.
  • Six percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crashes.
  • Eight percent of drivers 15 to 19 years old, were involved in fatal crashes as a result of distracted driving.

Sadly, this last group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the fatal crashes.

What is considered distracted driving? Here is a brief look:

  • Food and drink. Reaching for that drink in the cup holder, or holding a sandwich while maneuvering the roadway is dangerous.
  • Music. Reaching for a CD, finding the right station, or looking at your dashboard can lead to a crash.
  • Smoking. Lighting up takes a second for your eyes to leave the road.
  • Most important and most egregious of all distractions, the cellphone. Don’t text, don’t try to keep up with social media and don’t tweet.

We will be out looking for distracted drivers. Play it safe and watch the road.

Baltimore County Police will be keeping an eye on sex offenders that are not allowed to have contact with children this Halloween.

Out of the hundreds of registered sex offenders in Baltimore County, only about 10 percent have what is called a “no contact order” as part of their probation. This, in effect, prohibits them from handing out candy to children on Halloween. Registered sex offenders that are not under such an order are not prohibited from giving candy out to children.

Undercover officers will be watching the residences of persons with a no contact order and will be coordinating with Parole and Probation agents.

Anyone who suspects that someone who has a no contact order is giving candy to children is asked to call detectives at 410-887-5584. Any other suspicious activity can be reported to 911 or Baltimore County's non-emergency line at 410-887-2222.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017