The Towson University Police Department will once again be participating in the Maryland Highway Safety Office “Towards Zero Deaths” enforcement campaign. TUPD will join forces with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Maryland in a unified effort to increase enforcement of Maryland traffic laws.
The goals of the campaign are:
- To raise public awareness of the life-saving, injury-reducing, and cost-saving benefits of effective traffic safety programs.
- To increase overall enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws.
- To integrate occupant protection, impaired driving prevention, distracted driving, and aggressive driving prevention enforcement activities into daily traffic enforcement programs.
- To greatly reduce the number of speed and aggressive driving related crashes and to increase related enforcement activities.
- To decrease the number of alcohol-related crashes and to increase the number of impaired driving arrests.
- To encourage the development of innovative traffic safety programs.
The first wave of enforcement will target distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, fiddling with the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving. Texting is the most alarming distraction.
TUPD officers will be out conducting targeted education and enforcement in an effort to raise awareness and reduce distracted driving from October 15 through October 21. Please do your part to help make Towson a safer place.