It may not come as much of a surprise to drivers from Baltimore, up the Northeast Corridor to Boston, are more at risk of a car accident than anywhere in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the high levels of congestion on the roads and the omnipresent construction is part of the problem.
Distraction remains the top cause of crashes, which is why there is such an emphasis on the dangers of texting while driving. Other behavior can be equally distracting, but texting has been shown to be as distracting as being intoxicated with alcohol, and so warrant special attention.
The Maryland State Police are also going to be giving distracted driving, along with impaired and aggressive driving special attention, too. With the holidays approaching, the state police will have special teams watching for drunk drivers and they are likely to stop any other examples of poor driving they see.
Their goal, of course, is zero fatalities in the highways of Maryland. While it may seem optimistic, there are many concrete actions we all can take to help reach the goal.
With all the congestion and construction, slowing down and paying attention to the road conditions and the drivers in your vicinity can be a good start. Aggressive driving in heavily congested areas and near construction zones can easily trigger additional crashes.
A dangerous phenomenon occurs when one car accident causes a traffic slowdown, which then causes additional crashes, as drivers who are going too fast fail to react in time. Slow down and arrive at your destination, not an emergency room.
CBS Baltimore, “Could Where You Live Increase Your Chances Of Being In An Accident?” Meghan McCorkell, November 11, 2014