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Date: Feb 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 18, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE RECOVER STOLEN CAR AFTER ARRESTING DRUNK DRIVER

Driver Nearly Three Times Over Legal Limit; Also Wanted On Warrants

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Yesterday, a Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police officer arrested a drunk and suspended driver who was operating a 2004 Acura model TSX that was stolen on Feb.16 in Anne Arundel County. Police stopped the driver for excessive speed (73 mph in a 55 mph zone) and drifting across multiple traffic lanes, nearly causing a collision on the I-695 Inner Loop near the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Anne Arundel County.

"Fortunately, MDTA Police Officer B. Amereihn apprehended this driver before any motorists were injured or killed," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

"This is just one example of how we're helping to make highways safer for Maryland's families."

After making contact with the operator, police administered standardized field sobriety tests and determined that Anthony Sean Burks, 30, of Baltimore, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. A computer background check revealed that Burks' privilege to drive was both revoked and suspended, and the Acura was stolen. Further review revealed that he also was wanted on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear and probation violation.

MDTA Police Officer Amereihn charged Burks criminally with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, theft from $1,000 - under $10,000, unlawful removal of property and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Burks' 11 traffic charges included DUI, negligent driving, driving while revoked, driving while suspended and exceeding the posted speed limit, among others. He currently is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largestlaw- enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcementprofessionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA Police. Thank you.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 10, 2016

  

BICYCLISTS GIVEN GREEN LIGHT TO CROSS

HATEM BRIDGE BEGINNING JULY 1

BALTIMORE, MD – At the Annual Bike Maryland Bicycle Symposium in Annapolis, Transportation Secretary and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Chairman Pete K. Rahn today announced bicyclists will be allowed to ride across the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) starting July 1, 2016.  Currently, the MDTA prohibits bicyclists from traveling on any of its toll facilities.  For years, bicyclists have complained that the Hatem Bridge over the Susquehanna River has been a chokepoint for people attempting to ride the 9/11 Memorial Trail and use the East Coast Greenways from Maine to Florida.

“We have heard your requests and today, the Hogan Administration is delivering by allowing bicyclists to ride on the Hatem Bridge starting July 1,” said Chairman Rahn. 

Since there are no shoulders on the Hatem Bridge, the plan will allow bicyclists to share the right travel lanes with motorists.  A full implementation plan will be developed between now and July 1.  As the plan is developed, the MDTA will be making decisions on:  toll collection, safety signage, travel restrictions based on time of day, and more.

The MDTA is the agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State’s eight toll facilities.  The Hatem Bridge is the oldest of the MDTA’s toll facilities.  The 1.3-mile, four-lane bridge opened in August 1940.  The posted speed limit on the Hatem Bridge is 45 mph.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.  Find us at mdta.maryland.gov and on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Feb. 8, 2016

  

MDTA CREWS READY FOR WINTER STORM

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BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA), the agency that finances, owns, operates and maintains the State's eight toll facilities, is prepared for the winter storm predicted to start later today and continue through late tomorrow night.  MDTA crews are ready for winter weather that could bring dangerous driving conditions to Maryland.  

The MDTA has over 39,000 tons of salt available and will begin salting once snowfall begins.  If you must drive:

  • Do not pass snow plows and salting trucks. 
  • Speed limits are based on normal road and weather conditions, not winter road conditions. 
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other motorists. 
  • Remember bridges, overpasses and infrequently traveled roads will freeze first. 
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance. 
  • Stay alert and use caution.

On all MDTA bridges, wind warnings may be implemented as needed.  As the MDTA prepares for potentially severe weather, it has no immediate plans to close any toll facilities.  Any decision to close a toll facility would be based upon current weather and road conditions at a given facility.  The MDTA will make every effort to keep all of its facilities open as long as conditions are deemed safe to do so.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  Know Before You Go!  Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.  Call 511 or visitMD511.org for statewide travel information.  Follow MEMA at twitter/MDMEMA or go to mema.maryland.gov for the latest storm track & preparedness information.

The MDTA reminds motorists to stay alert and use caution if traveling.

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