Selfies are the hot new trend in distracted driving, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.
Seventeen-year-old Kelsey Raffaele’s last words were over a cellphone to a friend: “I’m going to crash!” The car she was driving had clipped a snow bank and spun into oncoming traffic, where it was T-boned by an SUV.
The General Assembly passed a measure on Monday to make talking on a handheld cellphone while driving a vehicle a primary offense.
The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure to strengthen laws against distracted driving.
Each year more than 3,000 people in the United States are killed in crashes involving a distracted driver. Amanda Kloehr was nearly one of them.
Distracted driving is a growing national problem, and hospital and government leaders in Maryland are turning to shock video to help spread the message.
The designated driver campaign has been pushed to the back burner temporarily by ad agencies in an attempt to bring more attention to distracted driving.
Drivers will switch from using distracting devices built into car dashboards to using even more distracting handheld devices unless the government addresses both issues at the same time, automakers warned Monday.
Auto dashboards are becoming an arcade of text messages, GPS images, phone calls and web surfing, the government says, and it’s asking carmakers to curb those distractions when vehicles are moving.