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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. We want you to know that police will be focusing their attention on distracted driving-related violations throughout the month.

Drivers must use a hands free device while using cell phones and operating a motor vehicle under Maryland law.

In Virginia, texting and driving has been a primary offense since July 1, 2013.

Officers will also be on the lookout for other forms of distracted driving and various other motor vehicle violations.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012, 3,328 people in the U.S. were killed in crashes caused by a distracted driver. An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.

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