St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Issues 19 Citations in Distracted Driving Enforcement

May 2, 2018

April is National Distracted Driving Month and on April 30, 2018, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office conducted traffic enforcement along the Three Notch Road (Route 235) corridor from Great Mills Road to Route 4 in the Lexington Park and California areas.

Sheriff’s deputies made 17 stops and 19 citations were issued to drivers, including citations for talking on cell phones, for suspended drivers licenses and for suspended or expired registrations. Five citations were issued for speeding. One citation was issued for a mutilated driver’s license and one warning was issued for driving in a turn lane.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that distracted driving took 3,450 lives nationwide in 2016 and 391,000 people were injured in 2015 in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.

“Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving,” according to the NHTSA.

The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office remains diligent in enforcing distracted driving and encourages drivers to stay focused on the roads and driving responsibilities.


16 Responses to St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Issues 19 Citations in Distracted Driving Enforcement

  1. Scott Cordier on May 3, 2018 at 6:16 am

    What about the over 11 months? This happens everyday along that road. Its hard to believe they only issued 19 tickets. I see more then that the 15 minutes I’m on that road everyday between 1500 & 1530. I was almost hit a few times due to distracted drivers. Make the fine $500.00 and it will stop. I am curious how many tickets are written per year on the offense.

  2. Bob on May 3, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Wait…driving in a turn lane is illegal? Who knew?

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      but it’s legal as long as your leaving the base.

    • AliceW on May 4, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Around 7:50 in the morning watch the right turn lane into FDR/235. People come out of Wildwood in that lane and at 50 pass FDR ignoring the white line markings for right turn only. The other good one in the exit from FDR at that intersection there is a curved island to direct people south bound on 235. The people that want to go north on 235 will back drive the south bound lane to make the median pass thru. 80% of the drivers in the county are free lancing as they go. The real good one is the state idiot that wrote the rule you could cross the solid white line onto the Improved shoulder to pass a left turning car. He forgot to stipulate the turning car needs to be at the intersection stopped or in the turn. Now people will pass you and your turn before you even get there. People are going to be killed walking on the shoulder.

  3. Anonymous on May 3, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Everyone knows only cops can talk on their cell phones while driving. The lawmakers knew they can’t dare inconvenience these men of authority over the people.

    The police have drinking bars throughout the State called FOP to fight legislation that categorizes them with us.

  4. James V. on May 3, 2018 at 7:23 am

    So sick of Cell Phone Yakker Drivers and Tailgaters. Someone is going to get killed. Enough! Start Stopping them. You listening PG?

  5. Ticket thicket on May 3, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Hard to argue statistics……

    Thing is, the ones writing the citations are the same ones cooking the stats.

    Let’s be real folks – it’s revenue

    But idiot drivers do make it easy.

  6. Joker on May 3, 2018 at 7:49 am

    You mean I can tell my wife to stop talking because I have to drive? LOL

  7. TellItLikeItIs on May 3, 2018 at 9:10 am

    “One warning was issued for driving in a turn lane?”
    I drive this route every single day between the hours of 7am to 8am and 4pm to 530pm and I see people doing this about 300 times per day!!! How did they only issue 1 warning?

    I guess, just like every other policy around here, nothing will be done until the fatality count reaches 5 or 6 people OR it directly affects a county commissioner!

  8. Givethemallaticket on May 3, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Only 19! I see that many leaving the house for work. Instead how about the cops stomping on that phone, then give it back to the fool.

  9. Captain O on May 3, 2018 at 11:57 am

    What is the plan to site the individuals who use the Right turn lane as a passing land?

  10. Bill Bud on May 3, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Got to meet that quota to keep their jobs

  11. Cap'n Obvious on May 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    I see way more than 17 to 19 people looking at their phones on my 12 mile commute to and from work. They obviously let too many off.

    Why is it so hard to leave the damn thing alone while driving?! Everything on the phone will still be on there when you get to your destination! Gapping the car in front of you by multiple lengths(because your STUPID to realize traffic is moving!!) just contributes to the backup! Each driver delays a second looking at the phone, seconds become minutes, multiple drivers become more minutes…you get the picture? You are your own worst enemies! I’ll let somebody else address the increase in accidents you cause.

  12. Anonymous #13 on May 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    Come on over to Cawlvert County and you’ll get lots more. Every day.

  13. AliceW on May 4, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Next time include the excess tinted window code. My neighbor uses that to cover his phone use, and kids loose in the car.

  14. Anonymous on May 5, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    So your Sheriff can watch us come in go via recorded video?