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Date: Jun 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 28, 2017

 

SHOREBOUND THIS FOURTH OF JULY?

Holiday Travel Tips For Maryland's Toll Facilities

SpikeTail

BALTIMORE, MD - With the summer travel season underway and the July 4th holiday falling on a Tuesday this year, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) anticipates heavy traffic volumes on the Bay Bridge Thursday, June 29, through Tuesday, July 4.

Weather permitting, the MDTA will implement two-way traffic operations to help alleviate eastbound delays.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

· Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include :

  • Thursday - before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Friday - before 8 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Sunday- before 8 a.m. and after 7 p.m.
  • Monday- before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 4th of July - before 9 a.m. and after 10 p.m.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.

MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities.

For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:

· Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

· State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.

· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."

· If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

· When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

  • The location of the emergency;
  • A call-back telephone number; and
  • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Tuesday, July 4. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 6, 2017

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd
410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP
UNSECURED LOAD ENFORCEMENT
#secureyourload

BALTIMORE, Md. - Today, the Maryland Transportation Authority
(MDTA) Police are joining law-enforcement agencies across the country in
the "Secure Your Load" safety campaign." The MDTA Police are
conducting high-visibility enforcement initiatives and educating motorists
about the importance of securing loads.

According to figures from a Government Accountability Office report, 440
deaths, 10,000 injuries and 51,000 incidents are documented each year due
to vehicles traveling on highways with unsecured loads.

The MDTA Police remind motorists to always secure their loads in vehicles
and trailers. A load must be fastened securely and is only considered secure
when nothing can slide, fall or shift onto the roadway or become airborne.
Maryland law requires that all loads be secured. The fine for an unsecured
load is $90.

The MDTA Police ask you to follow the following guidelines:

  • Tie it down with ropes or straps.
  • Tie large objects directly to your vehicle or trailer.
  • Consider covering the entire load with a sturdy tarp or netting.
  • Don't overload your vehicle or trailer.
  • Always double-check to make sure it's secure.
  • Animals must be properly secured.

The MDTA Police support the Maryland Department of Transportation
Maryland Highway Safety Office's "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign - a
partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland roadways. For
more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com


The MDTA Police remind you to Move Over or Slow Down for emergency
vehicles and tow trucks that stopped on a highway and using visual signals.