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Police will be patrolling I-83 for distracted drivers

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Posted at 2:49 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 15:08:37-04

BALTIMORE — Make sure you keep your eyes on the road. Baltimore County Police, Maryland State Police, and Baltimore City Police will be patrolling Interstate 83 for distracted drivers.

In an effort to avoid the temptation of driving distracted, police agencies provided examples of ways you may be considered driving distracted:

  • Food and drink: Reaching for that drink in the cup holder, or holding a sandwich while maneuvering the roadway, is dangerous.
  • Music: Reaching for a CD, finding the right station, or looking at your dashboard can lead to a crash.
  • Smoking: Lighting up takes a second for your eyes to leave the road.
  • Cellphone: Don’t text, don’t try to keep up with social media and don’t tweet.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, numbers show that 9 percent of deadly crashes are a result of distracted drivers. And 6 percent of all drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crashes.

Drivers 15 to 19 years old are the largest proportion of drivers who were reportedly distracted at the time of deadly crashes.

Officers are urging drivers to stay safe and watch the road.