Recently, Maryland made handheld cell phone use while driving a primary offense, which means drivers can get pulled over at any time and ticketed; however, police officers are exempt from the new law. This has caused anger and concern from Maryland’s citizens, and Anne Arundel County Police Chief Kevin Davis says he agrees.
“I don’t think anybody in society likes to see a cop car that’s speeding, they don’t like to see a police officer that doesn’t wear his or her seat belt, and they don’t like to see a police officer on a handheld cellphone device,” Davis explained.
Davis has become the first chief in the state to order his officers to follow the same law as the rest of Maryland’s citizens, forbidding handheld cell use in all Anne Arundel cop cars.
“It’s a safety issue…to hold a handheld cellphone to your ear while you’re driving is a distraction I don’t think drivers can truly overcome,” Davis stated.
We commend Davis for taking this important step towards making Anne Arundel County’s streets safer. Regardless of whether you are a police officer or not, cell phone use while driving distracts drivers both visually and mentally, and kills thousands of people annually in transportation accidents.
[Did You Know: A 2006 study by the University of Utah shows that a driver using a cell phone is just as dangerous as a drunk driver.]