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Police Cracking Down on Distracted Driving Along Route 2

Marked and unmarked police vehicles will be looking for texters, eaters and more on Route 2 in Edgewater.

UPDATE (12:20 p.m.)—Anne Arundel County police are attempting to crack down on distracted driving throughout the area by initiating special enforcement practices along Route 2 in Edgewater, according to a press release.

In an effort called Operation Eagle, police are seeking to address “the growing problem of distracted driving” in its various forms, such as texting, handling pets or eating while driving, the release stated.

“Distracted driving is described as any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving,” officials said in the release. “The behavior of texting while driving has shown to be particularly dangerous as it causes drivers to take their eyes off of the road more than other forms of distracted driving.”

Police will begin conducting special enforcement efforts on Route 2 in Edgewater, Parole, near Ordnance Road in Glen Burnie, between Route 50 and Route 100, and along Route 3 in the Crofton area starting Friday, according to the release.

Officers will conduct the initiative during two specific days of enforcement each month using both marked and unmarked vehicles. Police also will distribute handouts about the dangers of distracted driving in addition to issuing warnings and citations, according to the release.

“The goal of the operation is to reduce serious crashes while aiming to change behaviors of drivers,” the release stated.

Police reminded residents that driving while writing, sending or reading a text message is punishable by a $70 fine and one point on your driver's license.

To clarify, police spokesman Justin Mulcahy told Patch that officers won't pull someone over just for eating food and driving, but that swerving is enough of a reason to stop a driver.

"There are behaviors, such as a car swerving, which may result in a traffic stop as a primary offense and it may then be learned that someone was distracted such as eating or on a phone, which is a secondary offense ... only texting is a primary offense," Mulcahy told Patch in an email. 

Do you ever drive while distracted? How serious of a problem is it?

TM July 18, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Then why aren't you in favor of banning driving altogether? Because driving is dangerous - life is dangerous. What if I was just adjusting my radio? Or the AC? I take it you'd have us all walking around wrapped in bubble wrap funded by the state if you could eh? Meh. Nanny-state - that's the priority here because laws don't always save lives - common sense does and you can't legislate that...
Dawn July 18, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Just be responsible... that’s all I am saying... not trying to encroach on anyone’s freedoms...liberty’s...civil rights... personal decisions… I am not in favor of “Big Brother” BUT I am in favor of saving someone’s life! Until you have to witness someone’s guts mashed everywhere because someone decided to send a text it kinda hard not to be in favor of a law that will bring attention to irresponsible drivers… that’s all… AND please do not ever assume to know anything I would want!
Dawn July 18, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Have a fantastic day!
TM July 19, 2012 at 12:14 PM
Never said I'm not in favor of saving lives - but I will always question policies like Click It or Ticket ("Especially at Night") that are just lobby boondoggles that much of the public has no clue about. MADD became the same thing - a great idea initially but then became a senseless lobby that was more about politics than about Mothers who lost kids to irresponsible drivers. The more we allow these things into our lives the less liberty we as constituents own. Everyone needs to be responsible behind the wheel - but our local law enforcement should focus on speeding in the Edgewater Rt 2 corridor - that is what I've seen as the major cause of crashes over the last couple years especially this year (remember the one near the new Giant not long ago?). This 'crackdown' on distracted driving is just more pandering to the public from an anemic police force driven by politics and not by the actual needs of the people. And when everyone starts playing chicken-little and agreeing that the sky is falling it just furthers that effort.
Trudy August 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
WetHog, Shouldn't you be the one to provide statistics to back your claim that men are more adept at operating a motor vehicle and using communication devices than women are? That is your claim, correct? Or did I read it incorrectly?

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