Frederick Police Department

distracted driver                            

Every year, more than 27,000 people are injured on Maryland’s roads because of distracted driving, and driver distraction is a factor in 185 traffic deaths. 

“Distracted Driving takes a person’s attention away from the road, and every driver in Frederick City has a role in keeping our roadways safe. The Frederick Police Department especially wants to reach out to parents of teen drivers because we know that statistically, the under 20 age group had the highest proportion of distracted drivers involved in fatal crashes”, Chief Ed Hargis. 

Drivers can be ticketed for writing, sending or reading a text or electronic message while driving. The fine is $70 and one point on your license and may increase to $110 and three points if use of the device contributes to a crash. Fines for using a handheld cell phone are $83 for the first offense, $140 for the second offense and $160 for the third offense. Any driver who causes serious injury or death while using a handheld cell phone or texting may receive a prison sentence of up to 3 years and a fine of up to $5,000.


                                   Chief Hargis

The Frederick Police Department (FPD) is a technologically innovative and progressive police agency, committed to ensuring Frederick City's exceptional quality of life.  We partner with our citizens, striving to ensure satisfaction.  We steadfastly believe that our commitment to provide excellent police service makes Frederick a unique and wonderful place in which citizens thrive.  We demonstrate the highest respect for all citizens, treat all citizens as equal customers, and never tolerate taking another person's dignity.  We understand that police power derives from the people.  We expect excellence and respect in all we do.  

The FPD aggressively combats crime through a variety of policing strategies, including data-driven policing, problem solving, and community policing.  We work with citizens, community groups, and other government entities through a systematic and community-oriented process to prevent and mitigate crime through focused law enforcement and problem-solving.
                                                   Chief Ed Hargis

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