Nearly 1,600 citations were issued by Maryland State Police in April in an effort to combat distracted driving.
As part of national Distracted Driving Awareness month, each barrack made their presence known as troopers made numerous traffic stops focusing on drivers using mobile devices while driving and other distractions.
Overall, state police issued 1,595 citations and 1,187 warnings for distracting driving violations statewide. Troopers in Wicomico County issued 229 citations and 75 warnings while troopers in Prince George's County issued 224 citations and 138 warnings. The violations included texting while driving and using a handheld phone while driving.
This month, state police said is national Occupant Safety and Awareness month and troopers will be strictly enforcing seat belt and child safety seat laws on Maryland roads.