The state of Maryland has seen more than its fair share of fatal auto collisions in the past six months. One particular county, Prince George’s County, has been hit especially hard — seeing 40 fatal car accidents which resulted in 50 deaths. In an effort to reduce the number of collisions that result in fatality, near the end of April the State’s Attorney is kicking off a safe driving campaign.
The goal of the Drive Focused, Sober and Safe campaign is to simply bring awareness about safe driving. Distracted driving, to start things off, is a real concern in Maryland and across the country. Too many people get behind the wheel and then use their cell phones, focus on their passengers and do a number of things that take their eyes off of the road and keep their minds focused on everything other than the task at hand.
When it comes to driving sober, in Maryland, it is believed that roughly one-third of auto collisions result from impaired driving. People driving drunk or under the influence of drugs is a big problem here. The only way impaired driving will stop is if people plan ahead or simply choose to not get behind the wheel when under the influence of an impairing substance.
Finally, when it comes to driving safely, that simply means obeying traffic signs and signals, not being overly aggressive when behind the wheel and being aware of one’s surroundings — among other things. It all seems simple enough, but so many people fail to do the basic things that keep them and others with whom they share the road safe. Hopefully, this campaign will help Maryland residents make better decisions while driving.
Most fatal car accidents are preventable. It is all about choosing how one will behave when behind the wheel. Maryland residents who have lost loved ones in such events may hold the drivers responsible for their losses accountable. Legal counsel can help them do that by filing wrongful death claims in civil court.