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Ragina C. Ali
Public Relations Manager, MD
O: (410) 616-1900 (ext. 4361152)
C: (443) 465-5020


Ragina Cooper Averella, Public and Government Affairs Manager, AAA Mid-Atlantic            

Jeffrey R. Gahler, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff

Russell Hurd, Advocate whose daughter was killed in a distracted driving crash

Gregory Slater, Maryland Department of Transportation, State Highway Administrator



AAA Mid-Atlantic and its partners will be launching the “Don’t Drive Intoxicated. Don’t Drive Intexticated.” distracted driving awareness campaign, in conjunction with the Grand Opening celebration of the Abingdon AAA Car Care, Insurance and Travel Center, the first in Harford County. AAA members and the public are invited to stop by and take the pledge to not drive intexticated.  



3309 Emmorton Road (near Boulevard Shopping Center), Abingdon, MD 21009 



Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. – Press Event

Grand Opening Activities 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



April is National Distracted Driving Prevention Month. Each day, distracted drivers kill an average of nine people and injure 1,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is the third leading cause of driver-related crash fatalities, only surpassed by speeding and driving under the influence. 


Decades of public education efforts against alcohol-impaired driving have helped reduce by one-half the number of alcohol-impaired crash fatalities since the 1980s, according to the National Institute of Health. Similarly, traffic safety advocates believe that we can make a difference to limit or stop texting and emailing behind the wheel with increased public awareness of the traffic safety dangers distracted driving poses.




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