FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2012

STATE AGENCIES REDUCE SPEED LIMIT TO 45 MPH ON INTERSTATES AND US ROUTES 
Marylanders Urged to Avoid Travel for Next 24-36 Hours as Strong Winds
and Heavy Rain Continues Across the State

(October 29, 2012) - 2:30 p.m.  Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), State Police (MSP) and Transportation Authority (MDTA) have lowered all speed limits on interstate and US routes to 45 mph effective immediately and until further notice. All three agencies discourage any travel during the expected upcoming height of the storm.  This reduction in speed limit also applies to all first responders, relief workers, utility crews and other essential personnel.

Lowering the speed limit in necessary since speed and high winds is a dangerous combination.  By reducing the speed limit, our goal is to keep our emergency responders safe.  For all members of the general public, we cant stress enough the importance of staying off the roads as this unprecedented storm strikes Maryland, said Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters.  Stay home. There are more than 12,000 people responding along state and toll roadways. By staying home you allow them, utility crews and police to do their jobs.

For more information about Sandy, view the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us.