Stay Alert, Stay Alive Distracted Driving and Walking

Being distracted while driving or walking is a leading cause of crashes in Montgomery County.

Being Distracted While Driving or Walking is a Leading Cause of Crashes
  • In Maryland, 183 people die every year and over 27,000 more are injured from distracted driving crashes.
  • In Montgomery County, nearly half of all drivers and four in ten pedestrians involved in severe or fatal crashes were distracted
Looking at Our Phones While in the Roadway is Deadly

Looking at our phones while in the roadway is deadly

  • Cell phones lower your eyes and occupy your hands and your brain.
  • When you’re distracted you can miss up to 50% of what is around you.
  • People who talk on their phone while driving are four times as likely to be in a crash. People who text while driving are eight times as likely to be in a crash.
Cell Phone Texting or Handheld Talking While Driving is Against the Law.

We can all work toward “Vision Zero”

— eliminating severe and fatal collisions — by consciously avoiding distractions and paying attention to what really matters. There is a lot that you can do!

  • Stow before you go — put your phone in your bag or pocket before driving or crossing the street.
  • Install an app on your phone to help prevent distracted driving.
  • Take the National Safety Council Attentive Driver pledge.
  • Watch “Just Drive” video and ask drivers you know to just drive.
  • Keep your head up and your eyes open — attention saves lives


Public Information Office of Montgomery County, MD

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