Park the Phone CampaignApril 24, 2019
In the state of Maryland alone, over 28,000 people are injured in distracted driving-related car accidents every year. In an effort to encourage drivers to keep their attention focused on the road whenever they are behind the wheel, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office is partnering with state and local law enforcement to bring attention to the Park the Phone campaign, which encourages drivers to put their phones away when they are driving. Since April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, police will be strictly enforcing distracted driving laws against any driver who is talking or texting on their phone.
In addition to the injuries, distracted driving accidents also cause approximately 200 fatalities in Maryland every year. According to the MDOT MVA Administrator, the Park the Phone campaign reminds drivers that a single text or phone call is not worth seriously injuring yourself, other drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians. Through education efforts via billboards, social media, and community outreach programs, the campaign educates motorists about the dangers of reaching for the phone when driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that it takes an average of five seconds to send or read a text message, which means that the driver’s eyes are on the phone, not on the road, for five seconds. This is comparable to driving the length of a football field blindfolded at 55 mph. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 are more likely to use their handheld devices compared to older drivers.
Distracted Driving Safety Tips
The MDOT MVA shared the following safety tips to remind drivers to prioritize safety and avoid distractions:
- Parents should set an example to their kids by avoiding distractions while driving, including talking or texting on the phone.
- If you need to take a call or send a text, pull over to a safe spot. No message or phone call is worth causing a serious accident.
- Ask a passenger to read or send a text message if you cannot wait to pull over.
- Never check social media while driving. Even scrolling through Facebook or Instagram while driving will take your attention away from the road.
- If you think you are going to be tempted to answer a call or send a text while driving, put the phone in the glove compartment or somewhere out of reach.
- Do not be afraid to tell friends or family members to put the phone down if they start to make a call or check a text message.
While the use of smartphones is the most common cause of distracted driving accidents, there are other distracted driving behaviors that can be just as dangerous, including putting on makeup, eating, reaching for something in the back seat, and changing the radio station.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been injured in a distracted driving accident, contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our experienced legal team will continue to fight for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent car accident victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.