Throughout the year, Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) officers, in addition to their daily patrols educating the public on traffic laws and enforcing those laws, conduct focused traffic-safety initiatives. In April, which is recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Police Department conducted enforcement that focuses on the illegal use of cell phones while driving. In May, the Police Department will participate in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Click It or Ticket Campaign, which is intended to increase the awareness of using seat belts and child safety seats and using them properly.
The MCPD--Operation Safe Ride to School initiative is both an educational and enforcement campaign that focuses on distracted driving, and seat belt and child safety seat use around Montgomery County public school entrances and drop-off lanes during the morning arrival of students. It began in April and will continue in May. The Department has received numerous complaints and concerns that drivers are talking on cell phones during school drop-off and are not properly securing children in car seats or are not using safety seats. The Department recognizes that the arrival of children at school is often a very active time of heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic and safety during this time is a priority.
This month, Traffic Division officers will begin the enforcement component of this initiative and will enforce the illegal use of cell phones by drivers and seat belt and safety seat violations around public schools during the morning arrival of students.
The Police Department's goal with this initiative is to work to maximize everyone's safety during the arrival at school.