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Harford County listed among top regions for traffic fatalities

Maryland State Police Officers claim that Harford County is one of the most dangerous regions in the state when it comes to traffic fatalities. Officials report that 23 traffic-related deaths occurred in Harford County throughout 2010, half of which involved a motorcycle or motor scooter.

Police officers are concerned about the rising number of motor vehicle accidents because they believe the trend could set a dangerous precedent for future years.

Out of 23 other Maryland counties and Baltimore City, Harford County recorded the sixth highest number of traffic fatalities over the past two years. City officials have pinpointed a number of issues that will need to be addressed in order to improve this rating.

An employee with the Harford County Sheriff's Office highlighted a few of the county's targeted issues, one of which was distracted driving. Even though Maryland legislators passed a law banning the use of handheld telephones behind the wheel, police officers continue to cite cell phone use as a major problem on the road.

The Sheriff's Office employee also cited speeding and driving under the influence as two dangerous driving habits which cause a large number of accidents.

The Maryland State Police Department is attempting to address these problems by increasing the level of traffic enforcement across the state. According to state records, approximately 9,000 traffic tickets were issued in Harford County during 2009, but this number increased to 13,000 tickets during 2010. Furthermore, officers made 400 DUI arrests in 2010, compared to 279 in 2009.

In an effort to reduce traffic fatalities, police officers in Harford County plan to send a message to carless, reckless, and distracted Maryland drivers: change your driving habits or you will receive a ticket.

Source: Explore Harford, "Out of the wreckage." Kirsten Dize, 16 March 2011.

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If the use o celfones was already banned while driving and this is still the issue, maybe a heavier sanction needs to be imposed so that drivers will adhere not to use their celfone while driving. Another thing to be done is an intensive information campaign about the dangers of texting/calling/receiving a call while driving can do to you.

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