The Maryland Highway Safety Office works to end risky driving behaviors and promotes safe driving on Maryland roadways.
Crashes Are Preventable
Maryland is dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries and fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes. Despite new advances, in-vehicle technology, such as backup cameras, adaptive headlights, and advanced collision warning systems, motor vehicle crashes still happen.
The Maryland Highway Safety Office focuses on areas that address behaviors resulting in crashes. These areas consist of:
Speed & Aggressive Driving
Speed is estimated to be a contributing factor in over one-third of fatal crashes nationwide, making it one of the top aggressive driving infractions.
One of the top causes of car crashes is distracted driving. When a driver is texting, talking on the phone, interacting with passengers, grooming, reading, or even eating while driving, they are unable to consistently focus on the road.
Impaired driving prevention is a critical focus in Maryland due to the high rate of involvement in fatal crashes and overall fatalities.
In Maryland, motorcyclists are involved in a relatively low percentage of injuries (2.4 percent), however, they are involved in nearly 14 percent of all fatalities. The gap between injuries and fatalities demonstrates the vulnerability of motorcyclists and is the reason Maryland places a significant focus on driver awareness of motorcyclists.
Pedestrian & Bicyclist Safety
Without the protection of a vehicle, pedestrians and bicyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users. Education for pedestrians, bicyclists, AND drivers is important to keep everyone safe.
Research has shown that seat belts when used properly, reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passengers by 45 percent and reduce the risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent.
Older Driver Safety
Age alone does not make unsafe drivers. However, all drivers should be aware of the risks that aging has on driving.
Young Driver Safety
Young Drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash than older groups of drivers due to their immaturity, lack of skills, and lack of experience.
Car Seats and booster seats provide protection for infants and children when involved in a crash.
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