The Ocean City Police Department is joining the U.S. Department of Transportation in the effort to stop distracted driving by celebrating Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The national campaign, U Drive. U Text. U Pay., takes place during the month of April and reminds citizens to park the phone while on the road.
“Texting while driving is not only illegal in the State of Maryland but very dangerous,” commented Chief Ross Buzzuro. “When you text while driving, you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off the task of driving which puts yourself and others at risk.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,154 people were killed and an estimated additional 424,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2013. The University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute’s 2012 “Teen Driver Distraction Study” reports that a quarter of all teens respond to a text message one or more times while driving, and 20 percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.
For more information about distracted driving and to take the pledge to drive phone free, visit www.distraction.gov.