Park the Phone Before You Drive

The new Maryland cell phone laws forbid talking or texting on a handheld phone while driving. Still, for many drivers, it can be almost impossible to drive for any length of time without looking at their phones. Driving while distracted is extremely dangerous for you, your passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. On average, more than 180 people die every year in Maryland from distracted driving crashes, and more than 26,000 more are injured.

Do you talk on a phone, send or read texts, or post online while you’re driving? Do you eat, read, shave, or put on makeup? If you answer yes, then we’re asking you to do one simple thing: please stop.

Think about the dangerous consequences of a missed stop light or failing to stop at a crosswalk. Now, compare that with missing a call or sending a text. You’re right: there is no comparison.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

When you drive distracted, everyone is at risk. Swerving, speeding, slamming on the brakes, and not paying attention puts everyone else on the road in a situation where they must react to your careless driving. You force drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to make decisions they weren’t expecting, which can lead to injuries or fatalities.

Law enforcement is undertaking high visibility efforts to enforce distracted driving laws, including the new Maryland cell phone laws. If you use your phone while driving, you may end up with a ticket or a fine. Drivers under the age of 18 may also have their license suspended. If a cell phone violation results in a crash, you may also have points added to your license.

Save your money and maybe save a life. Make a plan. Park the phone before you drive, and keep your eyes on the road.