Texting While Driving is Illegal in Maryland.

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Texting while drivingThe Maryland Sheriffs' Association is concerned about the safety of all Maryland citizens. That's why they are calling on all drivers to eliminate distractions in the car and focus on the road.

Teen Drivers Are Particularly at Risk

Texting ranks as the #1 mode of communication among teens. Studies show nearly nine in ten teens expect a reply to a text or email message within 5 minutes or less. This makes cell phones one of the most common, tempting, and deadly distractions for teens behind the wheel.
  • Using a cell phone while driving QUADRUPLES the risk of a crash incident.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver distraction was the cause of 16 percent of fatal crashes and 21 percent of crashes resulting in injury.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group.
  • 40 percent of 12- to 17 -year-olds say they have been in a vehicle where a teen driver has used a phone in a dangerous manner.

Distracted Driving Dangers

Multitasking is a fact of life-we all face constant demands for our attention, and we must juggle more now than ever before. Unfortunately, many people, including inexperienced teen drivers, try to multitask while driving.
Studies have confirmed that our brains are not well-equipped to multitask. Being distracted behind the wheel for even just a few seconds greatly enhances the chances of an otherwise preventable injury. Texting takes a driver's focus away from the road for an average of
4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, that is 371 ft. Enough time to BLINDLY travel the full length of a football field!