“Safe driving is serious business.” Nationwide in 2012 there were over 35,500 fatalities.
Nearly everyone drives. It is the responsibility of every driver to operate a motor vehicle safely. The task of driving requires full attention and focus. Drivers should resist engaging in any activity that takes their eyes and attention off the road for more than a couple of seconds. In some circumstances even a second or two can make all the difference in a driver being able to avoid a crash. Getting there safely is everyone's responsibility.
Of special concern is the use of electronic entertainment and communication devices, especially cell phones. The relative risks of the various tasks drivers engage in are still being assessed, but in general the safest course of action is to refrain from using a cell phone while driving, which includes talking, dialing, and texting.
In 2008, nearly 6,000 people died in crashes that involved distracted driving. Distracted driving applies to anything that takes your eyes off the road, your hands off the steering wheel, or interrupts your concentration while driving.
- Cell Phone Use While Driving Fact Sheet
- Driving Drowsy
- Driving Distracted
- Aggressive Driving
- Driving Impaired
- Seat Belt Use
Nationwide Quick Facts 2012 - Fatalities & Crashes
Maryland’s Traffic Safety Laws
Maryland’s Highway Safety Laws
Maryland’s Safety Engineering
Safe Driving in Bad Weather
During this time of the year when bad weather challenges our save driving skills, it is imperative that we drive more carefully. Visit the Maryland Highway Administration website for more survival tips.