Distracted Driving Fatalities on the Rise – Especially Among 15 to 20 Year Olds

This spring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released their most recent data on distracted driving.

Among their findings:

  • Nine percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 15 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • In 2019 there were 3,142 people killed and an estimated additional 424,000 people injured in motor
  • vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.
  • Nine percent of drivers 15 to 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of the fatal crashes.
  • In 2019 there were 566 nonoccupants (pedestrians, pedal cyclists, and others) killed in distraction affected crashes.

County governments play a pivotal role in addressing distracted driving. Join our expert panel at the 2021 Summer MACo conference to learn more about how your county can better address this growing risk to public safety. The MACo Summer Conference will be held August 18-21 at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Maryland. This year’s theme is “Resilient. Responsive…Ready.”

man using cell phone while driving

Eyes on the Road: Vehicles and Vision Zero

Distracted driving is a deadly problem. And, despite robust state and local public awareness campaigns, the reality is that distracted driving is nearly impossible to enforce. Phone use from a distance is hard to spot. And, by the time an offender is pulled over, there is often no evidence of the violation, as they’ve put down their phone. On average, more than 180 people die every year in Maryland from distracted driving crashes, and more than 27,000 more are injured. The Maryland Highway Safety Office recently won an award for their public education campaign to prevent distracted driving, but what are the other tools your county can employ?



  • Chrissy Nizer, Administrator, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
  • Ragina Ali, Public and Government Affairs Manager, AAA Mid-Atlantic
  • Jim Brown, Traffic Division Director, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Mark Etzbach, Vice President of Sales North America, Acusensus

Date/Time: Friday, August 20, 2021; 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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