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Cellphones and driving: Md. police cite over 1,600 drivers

According to AAA, distracted driving was responsible for 35 fatalities and over 11,600 injuries in 2008..

(WJLA) - Maryland State Poilce say they have{ }issued over 1,600 citations to drivers using hand-held cellphones while driving since the state ban took effect Oct. 1, the Frederick News-Post reports.{ }

State troopers have issued 1,658 electronic citations for cellphone driving violations. The Frederick Barrack issued 87 of those citations. The figure does not include handwritten tickets.{ }

The Frederick Sheriff's Office has issued 14 citations.{ }

The law that took effect last month makes talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving a primary offense, meaning police can pull over drivers and ticket them solely for talking on hand-held cellphones behind the wheel.

Before, drivers talking on hand-held cellphones could be ticketed only if they had been pulled over for another violation.

AAA supported the move to make using hand-held cellphones while driving a primary offense. The association considers the law a good way to combat distracted driving, which was responsible for 35 fatalities and over 11,600 injuries in 2008.

Read more: fredericknewspost.com

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