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    Cell phones are one of the biggest causes of distracted driving. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed. Over the past five years in Maryland, there have been nearly 26,000 injuries…

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    When we talk about impaired driving, we most often discuss the effects of alcohol. However, drunk driving is not the only kind of impaired driving. Many drugs – legal and illegal – can reduce your ability to drive safely. Operating a motor vehicle under the influence of any substance that impairs your ability to drive…

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    There is no question that wearing a seat belt can save your life in a crash. Although we have achieved a high rate of seat belt compliance in Maryland (roughly 91 percent), we still have work to do. Hundreds of unrestrained drivers are injured or killed each year in crashes on our roads. In fact,…

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    Thousands of pedestrians in Maryland are struck by motorists each year, often causing injury or death. There are safety laws in place that apply to both drivers and pedestrians aimed at reducing these crashes. Motor vehicle laws aimed at protecting pedestrians carry fines of up to $2,000 per violation, plus points for convicted violators. Together…

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    As springtime and warmer weather approaches, we will see an increase in the number of pedestrians celebrating the end of winter in the fresh air and sunshine. Unfortunately, this increase in foot traffic will also mean an increase in pedestrian involved crashes and fatalities; 92% of crashes involving pedestrians result in serious injuries or deaths.…

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    If you plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, please remember historically it is one of the deadliest times to be on the roads. While we don’t want to ruin the celebration, these facts from NHTSA are sobering: In 2019 alone, 57 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day period…

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    Speeding is one of the most common aggressive driving behaviors. It’s also one of the deadliest. Over the past five years, speed has been a contributing factor in an average of more than 9,000 crashes in Maryland annually, accounting for 16% of all crash-related fatalities in the state. These crashes were preventable. All drivers should…

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    When you’re intoxicated and get behind the wheel, you might not be thinking about being pulled over for a DUI. You may convince yourself that you drive just as well under the influence, sometimes better, because you think you’re driving more carefully. If you do consider the possibility of being pulled over, you will likely…

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    There are significant spikes in impaired driving crashes on holidays and weekends. That’s why law enforcement officers often set up sobriety checkpoints at these times. In some areas, law enforcement agencies increase patrols (known as saturation patrols) to watch for impaired driving behaviors. In others, they set up roadblock-style checkpoints where all drivers are stopped…

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    When people drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they’re a danger to themselves and everyone else on the road. Far too many lives are lost each year in impaired driving crashes. If you see someone driving erratically or showing signs they may be impaired, notifying law enforcement may save a life. Most impaired…