Deputies Crack Down on Distracted Driving


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - As deputies patrol the streets of Washington County, they are not just looking for speeding or red light violations; they're looking for distracted drivers.

"You can see about a hundred drivers a week easily," said Deputy Alan Matheny, Washington County Sheriff's Office. 

From talking on your cell phone to texting while driving, these are the main violations that deputies are trying to stop during Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

"We will sit beside the road and just watch cars go by," said Deputy Matheny. "You just pull up to an intersection and just look over and the chances are great that you will find someone on their cell phone."

Police say many drivers believe using their speakerphones while driving or having ear buds in their ears is not a violation, and that is not the case.

"The multitasking while you are driving is just not acceptable, and that goes for eating, putting your makeup on, reading the newspaper, and any of those things that you are doing can lead to vehicle crashes," said Deputy Matheny.

Deputies are warning drivers to think twice before they pull out their cell phone because they say it could lead to hefty fines starting at $90 or even worse, deadly consequences.

"It's just not safe, everyone wants to have a good summer this year and it would be a shame to see you die in a crash because you are on your cell phone," said Deputy Matheny.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says patrolling for distracted drivers is a year around effort that includes handing out tickets and giving tips to drivers on how to use their cell phones properly. Fines for using your cell phone while driving can range from $90 to $500. 


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