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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 14, 2017

 

 

MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY

CHECKPOINT AT HATEM BRIDGE FRIDAY NIGHT

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

#MakeAPlan

 

BALTIMORE, MD - To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, Sept. 15, at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza in Perryville.

"The MDTA Police will continue to increase awareness about impaired driving through sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

During the checkpoint, the MDTA Police will distribute information about laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Motorists caught driving while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), between 2011 and 2015, more than 19,000 people were killed or injured in Maryland in a crash in which alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

The MDTA Police support the MHSO Toward Zero Deaths campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 8, 2017

 

 

MDTA POLICE ARREST TWO MURDER

SUSPECTS FROM NORTH CAROLINA

 

BALTIMORE, MD - On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested two individuals from North Carolina who were wanted for murder and who had two firearms in their possession.

An MDTA Police officer stopped 23-year-old Rose Angelica Shultz on northbound I-95 at Exit 64 in Baltimore County for an equipment violation on a 2011 Dodge Avenger. During the traffic stop, MDTA officers were advised that the vehicle stopped was connected to a homicide in Catawba, NC. The passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old James Vincent Rinkines, was wanted for murder by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Rinkines and Schultz were taken into custody without incident.

During a search of the vehicle, MDTA Police recovered one loaded handgun, one loaded assault rifle and three loaded handgun magazines.

The MDTA Police charged both Rinkines and Schultz with possession of a handgun in vehicle, possession of handgun on person, possession of an assault weapon and illegally possessing a firearm. After Schultz arrest Catawba County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for accessory after the fact and for helping Rinkines escape arrest.

After processing, Rinkines and Schultz were transported to the Baltimore County Court Commissioner. Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 8, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE PROVIDES REMINDERS FOR REPORTING EMERGENCIES ON THE ROAD

Help Police Help You

 

BALTIMORE, MD - With the summer travel season coming to a close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Communications Unit reminds motorists using the State's toll facilities to drive safely and remain vigilant during their commutes.

Motorists requiring emergency assistance should dial 911. Non-emergency assistance is available by dialing #77. When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide the following:

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

The dispatcher will ask a series of questions to help ensure the caller receives the proper emergency response. Motorists are reminded to please be patient and answer all questions to the best of their ability. The more information provided, the more prepared emergency personnel will be when they arrive on the scene to provide assistance.

 

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 31, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP

IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING

THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND

#makeaplan

 

BALTIMORE, MD - During the Labor Day weekend, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out on the roadways enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving laws.

"Drinking and driving is a choice. A bad choice that can have tragic results," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones. "If you are going to drink alcohol, make the right choice and don't drive."

The MDTA Police remind motorists that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" and to #makeaplan BEFORE you head to your destination:

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride-share service.

3. Take public transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 - 2015, 460 lives were lost in drunk-driving-related crashes during the Labor Day holiday.

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways and supports the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

The MDTA Police also remind motorists to "Move Over or Slow Down" for emergency vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on a highway with visual signals.

 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 22, 2017

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR

THE NINTH ANNUAL

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

Register today at tunnelrun.org & support Special Olympics Maryland

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BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host the ninth annual 5K Fort McHenry Tunnel Fun Run presented by Geico on Sunday, Oct. 8, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the northbound right tunnel tube.

"The MDTA Police is proud of its long-standing partnership with the SOMD," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "The greatest underwater event allows us the opportunity to showcase our unusual venue, but more importantly to help raise funds and awareness of SOMD athletes."

"I am grateful to the MDTA and our title sponsor Geico for their incredible efforts and support in hosting the event," said SOMD President and CEO Jim Schmutz. "We're expecting more than 800 enthusiastic runners who are eager to eclipse our $35,000 fundraising goal all in support our 7,549 SOMD athletes who compete year-round in 27 sports free of charge. Together through sport, we are creating a world where opportunity is not limited by disability."

Visit tunnelrun.org to register, form a team or support a registered runner/walker. Awards will be presented in various categories, including numerous age groups for men and women. Participants are invited to a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $35 through Oct. 7 and $40 the day of the event.

All northbound I-95 traffic will be directed through the tunnel's northbound left tube until the conclusion of the event at approximately 12 noon. Minimal traffic impact is expected.

As avid supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Bear Plunge and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police.
Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 2, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE RECOVER TWO LOADED GUNS

DURING TRAFFIC STOP IN

BALTIMORE CITY

 

BALTIMORE, MD - On Monday, July 31, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested two individuals from Baltimore who were in possession of two loaded handguns.

An MDTA Police officer stopped 21-year-old Deion Erick Jenkins in Baltimore City at the intersection of Hanover Street and Cromwell Street for an equipment violation on a 2013 Nissan Sentra. As the MDTA officers attempted to conduct a subsequent probable cause search, the front-seat passenger, 21-year-old Antonio Rashad Green, jumped out of the vehicle, shoved an MDTA officer and fled on foot.

During a search of the vehicle, MDTA Police recovered two loaded 9 mm handguns and ammunition. Jenkins and the rear-seat passenger, 23-year-old Norman Lyrue Young, Jr were taken into custody without incident. A search of the area to apprehend Green was unsuccessful.

During the follow-up investigation, it was determined that Green stole a 2005 Ford Escape from the 300 block of East Cromwell Street. A warrant has been issued for Green's arrest. Anyone with information on Green's whereabouts is asked to contact the MDTA Police Detectives Unit at 410-537-6700.

The MDTA Police charged both Jenkins and Young with possession of a firearm. Young was charged separately with possessing a firearm after being convicted of a felony, possessing ammunition when prohibited from possessing a firearm and for transporting a handgun on their person.

After processing, officers transported Jenkins and Young to the Baltimore Central Booking Intake Facility for an appearance before the District Court Commissioner. Jenkins and Young are being held without bail.

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

 

MDTA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE

IN NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS

ACROSS MARYLAND

#nationalnightout

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Tomorrow night, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will join our law-enforcement partners from across Maryland during the 34th Annual National Night Out.

 

"National Night Out is an opportunity for law enforcement to continue to build on its positive relationships with community residents, businesses and civic groups," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

 

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together in a positive environment, which often includes block parties, cookouts, festivals, parades and other events. Law- enforcement agencies will provide safety demonstrations, seminars, youth activities, interaction with officers and exhibits.

 

Local community members will have the opportunity to interact with the men and women of the MDTA Police during events in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Cecil, Charles, Harford and Prince George's counties. In addition, police equipment will be on display and personnel will be available to provide information about the agency

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MDTA POLICE REMIND MOTORISTS

ABOUT THE MOVE OVER LAW

MoveOver

#moveoverslowdown

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police remind motorists to move over and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles that are on the side of the road. Emergency vehicles are fire trucks, medical rescue vehicles, police cars and tow trucks/vehicle-assistance providers.

"When approaching an emergency vehicle that is on the side of the road, please remember to move over and slow down," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "It is Maryland law, and our emergency responders' lives matter."

Motorists are required by law to move over one empty lane when possible. If they are not able to merge into an open lane or the road they are traveling is one lane, motorists are required to slow down to a reasonable speed limit. move over law also serves to reduce secondary crashes involving approaching motorists and to expedite the overall incident clearance process.

If a motorist is cited for violating the move over law in Maryland, he or she can be charged a fine of $110 and one point on his or her driver's license for illegally approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck from the rear. If a motorist does not move over one lane and causes an accident, he or she will face a $150 fine and possible three points on his or her driver's license. If the crash results in a serious injury or death, then the motorist will be fined $750 and three points on his or her driver's license with potential to face criminal charges.

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

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The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police is a nationally accredited law-enforcement agency. MDTA Police Officers provide safety, security and service to Maryland's citizens and visitors as they use transportation facilities across the State. Visit our website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT KEY BRIDGE TOMORROW NIGHT

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

#MakeAPlan

 

BALTIMORE, MD - To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, June 30, at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) toll plaza in Baltimore.

"During this extended holiday weekend, make a plan for a sober ride home," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.

During the checkpoint, the MDTA Police will distribute information about laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Motorists caught driving while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that during the July 4th holiday in 2015, 146 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

The MDTA Police support the MHSO Toward Zero Deaths campaign - a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com

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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.