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.