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Easton Cite Nearly 40 Drivers in Distracted Driving Enforcement

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EASTON, Md.- Easton police cited nearly 40 drivers for using their cellphones while driving in a recent traffic enforcement operation.

On Friday, April 9, police said they set up the operation on Dover Road near Route 50. The focus of the operation was traffic laws pertaining to people who use cellphones while behind the wheel. Police point out that traffic accidents claim twice as many lives as violent crimes in any given year, and almost all traffic deaths are completely preventable.

Of the nearly 40 people who were stopped for using their cellphones, police said most were appreciate of the efforts put forth by the officers. Police said some claimed the operation was a waste of time and tax money and that officers should spend time on other more important matters.

Police want to remind people of the story of Jake Owen. In 2011, the 5-year-old was taken from his family because a driver did not believe it was important to put his cellphone down. A driver talking on his cellphone did not realize the car in front of him had slowed for traffic, hitting Jake's mother's car, resulting in the death of the boy.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's most recent study showed that more than 3100 people lost their lives in a year due to crashes involving distracted driving, police said. 

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