A Montgomery County police officer dressed up as a homeless man to try and catch drivers off guard. The officer was holding a sign that read, “I am not homeless. I am a Montgomery County police officer looking for cell phone texting violations. There has been a dramatic increase in distracted-driving-related deaths in Maryland of late. Police officers are trying to take steps to crack down on this major issue.
A majority of the distracted driving-related deaths can be attributed to cell phone use, especially texting while driving. The “homeless” officer and eight other officers issued 56 tickets county-wide on Tuesday. Of these, 31 tickets were for texting and driving, as well as 9 warnings being issued.
Maryland State Highway Administration officials have made it very clear that their goal is to have zero deaths on Maryland’s highways. One step toward achieving that goal is for police to crack down on one of the major causes of fatal accidents: distracted driving (i.e. talking on cell phones and texting while driving).
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in an accident caused by another driver being distracted by their cell phone and would like to consult an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for free, contact us at (855) 954-4141 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations in Rockville or throughout Maryland or visit us online.