Leonardtown, MD – October 24, 2019 – Maryland State Police are reminding motorists just how dangerous it can be on the road if you are not paying attention to your surroundings. According to the Maryland Highway Safety Office, more than 27,000 people are injured and 185 others die each year on Maryland roads because of distracted driving. Distracted driving contributes to 58 percent of all crashes in Maryland.

The Maryland State Police are continuing to make enforcement of distracted driving a top priority and will be increasing their enforcement and awareness efforts from October 20, 2019 through October 26, 2019. Troopers will be working collaboratively with allied law enforcement agencies to stop motorists from using their cellphones while driving.

Maryland law prohibits the use of a handheld cellphone and texting while driving. First-time offenders caught using a cellphone while driving face a maximum of an $83 fine, second-time offenders a maximum of $140 fine and third-time offenders a maximum of $160 fine.

Drivers can also be fined $70 and face one point on their driving record if caught texting while driving. If the use of a device contributes to a crash, the fine may increase to $110 and three points on your driving record