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Drive Safely Work Week 2017 (October 2-6)

“Safe driving is serious business.” 

A total of 35,092 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015. These deaths occurred in 32,166 crashes involving 48,923 motor vehicles. This was a 7 percent increase in deaths compared with 2014 and was the highest number of traffic deaths since 2008.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,477 people died in 2015 in crashes involving distracted drivers, and 14% of these crashes were reported to have involved cell phone use as a distraction.

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. 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 safest course of action is to refrain from using a cell phone while driving, which includes talking, dialing, and texting.

Drive focused.  Drive smart.  Get home safely.

Safety information:

Additional information:

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.