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

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(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. 

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

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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