Havre de Grace Drivers, Put Down the Phones: Police

'...if you are caught driving with a cell phone in one hand, you will have a ticket in the other.' —Havre de Grace Police Department

Officers will be on the lookout for drivers using handheld devices this month, according to a statement from the Havre de Grace Police Department.

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and the Havre de Grace Police Department has pledged its support to stop distracted driving by promoting the "One Text or Call Could Wreck It All" campaign in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

There were 3,328 people killed and an estimated 421,000 others injured in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2012, according to the traffic safety administration.

In Maryland, it is illegal to text and drive, including at red lights. It is also illegal to use a handheld device for talking on the phone. Those with learners permits or provisional permits and those under 18 years of age are not allowed to be on the phone at all.

During the month of April, Havre de Grace officers will be looking for drivers who violate the law and will be issuing citations.

"While anything that takes your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, or mind off the task of driving is a hazard," police said, "there is heightened concern about the risks of texting while driving because it combines all three types of distraction—visual, manual and cognitive."

Police advised drivers to put down the cell phones. Said police: "Drive safe and arrive alive."

Brynn April 05, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Some police could SET AN EXAMPLE in a lot of ways. Not speeding unless in pursuit, using turn signals (even when changing lanes), pulling over to use cellphones, etc., especially the unmarked ones- yes you, transportation authority. How many kids riding in cars, who don’t know you’re cops, are watching you drive stupid?
Terry April 05, 2014 at 04:00 PM
I wish Aberdeen, Bel Air, Harford County Sheriff's Office and MSP would do the same! I am in favor of "hawking" the roadways and ticket everybody seen talking on a hand-held cell phone. In just 2 1/2 years, I have been rear-ended TWICE while stopped in traffic. I received injuries in both wrecks caused by stupid people on cell phone and not paying attention to driving. The first time my car was totaled, the second time my car sustained $14,000 damage. If you really feel like you need to talk or text, pull off the road and stop. Thank you Chief Teresa Walter and all of your Officers!
Brian April 07, 2014 at 09:14 AM
I don't have a problem with ticketing text messaging drivers. I do however believe that talking on a cell phone can be done safely with out sacrificing safety. Also, I believe it is highly hypocritical for a department to declare their little war on cell phone users all while doing the exact thing they ticket you for. I don't want to hear that you need your cell phone for work purposes. I do too!!!
Harford County Native April 07, 2014 at 02:43 PM
@Brian I believe you can use your cell phone as long as you have it hooked up to a hands free setup. Holding a cell phone and driving is just as dangerous as texting if you hold your phone with your shoulder you are limiting the movement of your head. Police do need to use cell phone for information that is not required to transmitted over the air, because you know people do listen to scanners. But yes they too should use the hands free requirement. I was on the Harford county transit one day when a young girl drove her car right into the rear end of the bus, because she was using her cell phone luckily no one was seriously injured
Dawn Maffett April 14, 2014 at 08:48 PM
And they are allowed,that's not cool


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