Two years ago I traveled to Maryland, and the absence of dumb people on their smart phones was pleasing to see compared to Kentucky, and both states have the same laws - what could be the differences between the two states, smarter people, or policing?
I've had too many close encounters while on my Harley with distracted drivers, and a close work associate and friend was critically injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver - I would welcome whatever is done in Maryland to feel just a little safer on the roads.
Yes, distracted driving comes in many forms, but lets be honest, smart phones have become the leading offender.
Texting and phone use are leading causes of distracted driving. The law in Maryland prohibits the use of a handheld phone while driving. This includes the writing, sending or reading of a text or electronic message. Avoid a fine and park the phone before you drive.
All distractions endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Most distractions involve cognitive and sensory distraction. When you make a call on a hand-held phone you are not only holding and looking at the phone, you are also dialing, listening and thinking about the conversation.
Driver distractions include:
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
Remember distractions are:
Visual - looking at something other than the road
Auditory - hearing something not related to driving
Manual - manipulating something other than the wheel
Cognitive - thinking about something other than driving