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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?

SouthernMom July 13, 2012 at 04:10 PM
People not using hands-free cell phone devices is a big problem in the area also. I see numerous people holding their phones and talking every day!
Carol Nida July 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Agreed - you can usually find them driving slower than the speed limit, and having difficulty staying in their own lane.
kristi July 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I love the idea of not being able to text while driving let alone talk on the phone unless you have a Bluetooth. But it would be Better if the people "cracking down" on this law would stop as well. Not a day goes by that I don't see a cop texting or talking on the phone.
Marlene Plumley July 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I concur with Kristi! They may be cracking down, but as long as we have a system to report offending public servers. I see them daily in Edgewater with phones up to their ears. Fair is fair. A reporting system would keep everyone honest.
kristi July 13, 2012 at 06:47 PM
It's so unfair and something should be done about this situation. There are amazing cops out there that protect us everyday and then there are pigs that do whatever thrude want and think it's OK b.c they wear a bage.
JackBNimbleJackBQuick July 13, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I would think that the hard working police officers in MD should be more focused on criminal activity and solving crimes committed against the hard working tax payers in MD. This should start in the MD General Assembly and in the Governor's Mansion! Then they can expand their investigation in Baltimore City Hall! Just sayin!
Roger Green July 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM
Texting is a problem but I'm more concerned about the number of red light runners that fly through every lighted rt 2 intersection between Central Ave through Virginia Ave.
Donna July 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM
I am so sick and tired of this texting! Can people not wait until getting home to be on that stupid phone???!!!!! everyone seems to have a phone-in-hand these days so they don't miss that sooooo important call! So stupid!
WetHog July 14, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Cops are specially trained to operate a motor vehicle and use communication devices at the same time. That's the difference, especially in the case of women. And yeah a reporting function to report Cops is a great idea. No chance people will abuse that service. No chance at all. Hilarious. You have a problem with a Cop take his badge or car number down and report him to the nearest barracks. Not difficult.
shrimpheadeater July 14, 2012 at 05:17 PM
especially in the case of women??????? according to statistics, woman are safer drivers than men, period -- maybe you should change your name to Wet Pig
Ellen July 14, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I've seen a number of people texting while driving on Route 2 south. On one occasion I was driving next to a young man from the South River bridge up to Annapolis Harbor shopping center and he continued texting all the way. Sure he looked up and down and up and down and never noticed me!! (Yes, I saw the phone) I watched another man who had his dog sitting on his lap and also partly on the steering wheel. People weren't born with these cell phones in their ears - they should learn to limit the useage. They should also put the phones away while in restaurants too.
WetHog July 14, 2012 at 09:05 PM
@shrimpheadeater Unless you provide links to specific statistics showing women are better drivers than Men I call BS. Last year a 17 year old girl ran into my across the street neighbors fence because she was texting. And very mature with changing my name. Guess i will stoop to your level, you should change your name to dickheadeater. Probably fits you just right actually.
Melanie July 14, 2012 at 09:13 PM
There should be more serious consequences than a $70 fine and one point on your license. Up the points on the license, and the cell phone should be confiscated immediately. PERIOD. Distracted driving is a HUGE problem!
Dawn July 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/12/10142027-insurance-study-women-are-better-drivers-than-men?lite not calling names.. but it is true :-)
Dawn July 16, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Some 80 percent of all fatal and serious car crashes are caused by male drivers, the study says. It says women are 27 percent less likely than men to cause auto accidents. In 2007, statistics reveal men were involved in 6.1 million car accidents while women were involved in 4.4 million. Male drivers outnumber females 3 to 1 for DUI violations, according to the study.
TM July 18, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Oh please all I see around this area is women with a cigarette in one hand and a phone in the other. I almost NEVER see males doing this. That's just industrial strength lunacy and sexism there - sit at the intersection of 2 and Mayo Road and count the # of men you see doing this versus women in a one hour span... And what they need to crack down on in this area is SPEEDING and RED LIGHT RUNNING. Not freaking distracted driving. Look at how many wrecks we've had this year alone that were related to speeding and fanning red lights. Again intersection of Mayo and 2. Stand there for 30 minutes and count how many BLATANT runnings of red lights there are there on 2. I've seen cops sit there and do nothing - because they're heading off shift to the station... Where do they get their priorities from!??!?!
TM July 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM
More big brother and illegal search and seizure meanwhile home burglaries are way up in Woodland Beach not to mention violence in general. And what's the priority? Sticking their noses in your cars on the premise of a 'maybe' scenario. Seat belt laws, distracted driving laws. Wake up folks - these are all built to tear down your civil liberties - and by the nature of these posts - it is WORKING.
Dawn July 18, 2012 at 02:04 PM
If it was you child or parent or someone close to you... that was killed by someone that was eating or talking on the phone i believe you would feel different... i dont care who it is male or female! pay attention BE RESPONSIBLE! It is a new world we live in and laws should be adjusted to fit! THE PRIORITY IS SAVING LIVES~~~~~~~~~~~~
Dawn July 18, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Its a civil liberty to fricken ram your car into mine because you are distracted by something OTHER THAN DRIVING THE 1500lb WEAPON????
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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