National distracted driving awareness month
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National distracted driving awareness month

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office is bringing awareness to National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

During April, safety advocates from around the country are encouraging drivers to drive without cell phones.

Texting and talking on a cell phone while driving is illegal in Maryland, but people still do it, and it’s extremely dangerous.

A new study by the AAA  Foundation for Traffic Safety found talking and texting are the leading causes of distracted driving.

All during April, the MTA’s Highway Safety Office is focused on making drivers feel like talking or texting while driving is socially unacceptable.

The office is promoting safety apps that automatically send calls to voicemail, as well as forward a response to the incoming caller.

More than 800,000 drivers are using a hand-held cell phone at any given moment during daylight hours according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but only 57% of drivers recognize it as a serious threat to their personal safety.