Distracted Driving


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Texting  and phone use are leading causes of distracted driving.  The law in Maryland prohibits the use of a handheld phone while driving.  This includes the writing, sending or reading of a text or electronic message.  Avoid a fine and park the phone before you drive.

All distractions endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  Most distractions involve cognitive and sensory distraction.  When you make a call on a hand-held phone you are not only holding and looking at the phone, you are also dialing, listening and thinking about the conversation.

Driver distractions include:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Remember distractions are:

  • Visual - looking at something other than the road
  • Auditory - hearing something not related to driving
  • Manual - manipulating something other than the wheel
  • Cognitive - thinking about something other than driving

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