St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

July 28, 2016

FocusedonDrivingDistracted and aggressive driving endangers everyone. Particularly in the summer months, statistics have traditionally shown an increase in distracted and aggressive driving-related crashes. In an effort to keep drivers’ minds on the road, and to reduce frustration, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office has implemented an educational initiative, called “Focused on Driving.” The new campaign is aimed at continuing driver education while supplementing ongoing law enforcement methods.

“Our efforts throughout the year (e.g., sobriety checkpoints, smooth driver campaigns and seat belt enforcement) are effective ways to continually educate the public,” says Captain Steven Hall. He adds, “The purpose is not just to pass out tickets, but to balance education and enforcement efforts, to effectively change motorists’ behaviors.”

During the “Focused on Driving” initiative, drivers in the community can expect to encounter high-visibility enforcement and education efforts specifically targeting violations such as illegal cell phone use, speeding, failure to use seat belts, avoiding traffic signals by cutting through private property, using turn signals inappropriately, running red lights, aggressive driving, and blocking intersections.

“We are not just educating motorists; we are educating our personnel on how to effectively balance education and enforcement efforts to make roadways safer. The initiative is designed to be a recognizable and sustained extension of our current efforts,” said Sheriff Tim Cameron.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages members of the community to follow our efforts on social media. In the interest of visibility, the Sheriff’s Office will highlight its efforts under the initiative using the hashtag #FocusedonDriving.

5 Responses to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Implements “Focused on Driving” Initiative

  1. Anonymous on July 28, 2016 at 11:29 am

    I was behind a idiot on Monday that we either texting or playing Pokémon. I had to beep to get him to go at 3 of the lights, he spent almost the whole time I was behind him looking down, he would pull into a turn lane then immediately get back on the road, and he was going way below the speed of the other cars in the passing lane. I was stuck because of all the traffic behind me getting into the other lane to get around him. IMHO that guy is too much of an idiot to hold a license. I don’t want to wish bad things on anyone but if he didn’t understand what he was doing is dangerous and reckless then the only thing that will make him understand is when he wrecks his car. I just hope he doesn’t take anyone out in the process. Insurance companies should update their policies immediately and say if you get into an accident while playing Pokémon then you are responsible for the financial damages and we will drop you.

  2. Afrustrateddriver on July 28, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Please, please stop and ticket these drivers who continuously drive below the posted speed and block left passing lanes on major roadways. Then those drivers who refuse to use turn signals. It is so dangerous for everyone and very frustrating.

    • Anonymous on July 29, 2016 at 8:27 am

      While I agree people that drive in the passing lane below the speed limit are frustrating it is not against the law unless they drop to 10mph below the posted speed limit.

  3. ken williams on July 28, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Perhaps if they stop giving out licenses like candy. This area has road revenge, not rage. I’m glad more cops would be watching.

  4. Anonymous on July 31, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I hope the SMCSO will start their enforcement initiative with their own deputies. I have seen two female deputies texting while driving their patrol cars.