PARK THE PHONE BEFORE YOU DRIVE.

This may seem logical, but to many drivers, it can be almost impossible to drive for any length of time without looking at their phones.

Driving while distracted is dangerous – for you, your passengers, other motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. In fact, 185 people die every year in Maryland from distracted driving crashes, and more than 27,000 more are injured.

Do you talk on a phone, send or read texts, or post online while you’re driving? Do you eat, read, shave, or put on makeup? If you answer yes, then we’re asking you to do one simple thing – please stop.

Think about the consequences of a missed stop light or failing to stop at a crosswalk. Now, compare that with missing a call or sending a text. You’re right – there is no comparison.

When you drive distracted, everyone is at risk. Swerving, speeding, slamming on the brakes –not paying enough attention puts other drivers, as well as cyclists and pedestrians, in a situation where they must react to your careless driving. You then force others to make decisions they weren’t expecting, which could result in someone being hurt or killed.

Law enforcement is undertaking high visibility efforts to enforce distracted driving laws. Save your money, and maybe save a life.

Make a plan. Park the phone before you drive, and keep your eyes on the road.