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Distracted driving — are we getting the message?

Distracted driving — are we getting the message?

Have you had this experience on the road? You are driving home or to work or school and suddenly, a car near you behaves erratically — perhaps follows another vehicle too closely, drifts into another lane or fails to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. You look closer and then you see it — the telltale cellphone in the hand. The person had been talking or texting or reading and not giving full attention to the road ahead. Very often, this just gives a brief scare. Sometimes, the results are far worse.

In an average year, 158 Marylanders lose their lives in vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver. There are any number of things that can...

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