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Southern Maryland Sheriff Offices, Transportation Officials to Launch Seat Belt, Distracted Driving Initiative: BUCKLE UP. PHONE DOWN.

WHAT: The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office will join the sheriffs from St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties to announce a new seat belt and distracted driving initiative: Buckle Up. Phone Down.

The tri-county partnership is the first sustained education and enforcement effort of its kind in the state, and will run through August. The campaign encourages motorists to buckle up, every seat, every time, while also reminding drivers to “park” their phones.

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.


  • Chrissy Nizer, MDOT Motor Vehicle Administrator and Governor Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative
  • Sheriff Troy D. Berry, Charles County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Tim Cameron, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sheriff Mike Evans, Calvert County Sheriff’s Office

WHERE: Charles County Sheriff’s Office, class="contextualExtensionHighlight ms-font-color-themePrimary ms-border-color-themePrimary ident_1255_1289"3670 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf, MD

MDOT also reminds motorists to always buckle up and to drive distraction-free. For more on Toward Zero Deaths Maryland, visit​ or find us on Facebook @towardzerodeathsmd, on Twitter @tzd_maryland, and on Instagram at twdzerodeaths_md.​​​​