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1,000 plus cited for distracted driving in Frederick Co
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FREDERICK, Md. (WUSA9) -- More than 1,000 traffic citations were issued between March 1 and April 30 in connection with the Distracted Driving Initiative throughout Frederick County, officials said.

The initiative focused on drivers who were using hand held cell phones to talk or text. First time offenses received an $83 fine, $140 for a second offense and $160 fine for any offenses after that, Frederick County Sheriff's Office said.

During the initiative educational efforts were made and law enforcement officers passed out distracted driving awareness pamphlets during traffic stops. Banners ad mobile message boards were displayed in the county, officials added.

A total of 1,271 traffic citations, 170 warnings and 4,123 brochures were issued.

"Distracted driving poses a risk to the safety of the public. Through this campaign law enforcement agencies in Frederick County were able to successfully reduce that risk through education and enforcement. Our hope is that these types of initiatives will change driver's behavior for the long term and make Frederick County roadways safer." Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins added, "This was a very important collaborative enforcement initiative to remind drivers that their habits and behavior creates a distraction behind the wheel and does have an impact on public and personal safety on our roadways, and that we are serious in regard to enforcement," MSP Frederick Barrack Commander, Lieutenant Wayne Wachsmuth said.

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