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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.

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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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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.

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May 22, 2017

 

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP

SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT

#buckleup

 

BALTIMORE, Md. - For the next 14 days, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police are joining law-enforcement agencies, the Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO) and highway-safety advocates in renewing a pledge to save lives during the National "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"During this campaign, MDTA Police Officers are urging motorists and their passengers to buckle up. A simple click can prevent you from being seriously injured or losing your life, said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones."

According to recent figures from MHSO, over the past five years, an average of 109 people have lost their lives and another 282 were seriously injured each year on Maryland's roadways while not wearing a seat belt or being properly restrained.

The MDTA Police are conducting high-visibility enforcement initiatives and educating motorists about the importance of being restrained by a seatbelt. Maryland law requires all occupants in a motor vehicle to be restrained seat belt.

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

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.

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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, find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA and find us on Instagram TheMDTA.

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May 12, 2017

 

          

MDTA POLICE TO STEP UP

AGGRESSIVE DRIVING ENFORCEMENT

 

BALTIMORE, MD – From May 12 – 21, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety by targeting aggressive drivers.

The MDTA Police goal is to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving. Aggressive driving includes speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs and unsafe lane changes. During this campaign, officers want motorists to make decision that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), an average of 41 fatalities and 251 serious injuries occur each year in traffic crashes involving aggressive drivers.

During the next 10 days, MDTA officers will be conducting high-visibility enforcement initiatives and educating motorists about aggressive driving. Ending aggressive starts with motorists allowing more time to get to their destinations, obeying the posted speed limits, not following other drivers to closely and not driving when they’re angry, upset or tired.

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

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

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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.

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Apri1 13, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE HONOR TOP COPS

Anne Arundel County Resident Named Officer of the Year

 

BALTIMORE, Md. - Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Chief Col. Woodrow W. Jones yesterday honored sworn and civilian members of the MDTA Police who distinguished themselves during 2016.

"These officers make a difference every day they come to work, either by saving a life, removing impaired drivers from our roadways or by taking dangerous weapons and narcotics off our streets," said Colonel Jones. "I am proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who serve and protect Maryland's families and visitors as they travel our great State every day."

Anne Arundel County resident and six-year member of the force, Officer Paul Pastorek, was named MDTA Police Officer of the Year for 2016. During the year, Officer Pastorek took approximately 2,900 traffic- enforcement actions, making more than 90 arrests, which included 34 impaired drivers. He was named Officer of the Month at the Port of Baltimore Detachment nine times in 2016 and is described as an excellent, self-motivated patrol officer who displays a proactive approach to protecting the Port of Baltimore.

In addition to naming the 2016 Officer of the Year, the MDTA Police presented officers and civilians with more than 100 awards, including Awards of Excellence, Lifesaving Awards, Top DUI Enforcement Awards, Law Enforcement Supervisor of the Year, Motor Carrier Inspector of the Year, Dispatcher of the Year and Chief's Commendations, among others.

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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.

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April 5, 2017

 

Contact: Lt. Kevin Ayd

410-537-7724

 

GOVERNOR HOGAN TO ADDRESS MARYLAND'S NEWEST POLICE OFFICERS

WHAT: Tomorrow night, Governor Larry Hogan will join members of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police for its 49th Recruit Class Graduation Exercises. Sixteen Recruit Candidates will graduate following a rigorous 32-week academic and physical training program. Seven newly graduated MDTA officers will be assigned to police detachments at Maryland's toll facilities, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore. The graduating class also includes seven members of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police and two members of the Greenbelt, Md. Police Department.

 

WHO: Governor Larry Hogan Pete K. Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation and Chairman, MDTA Col. Woodrow W. Jones, MDTA, Chief of Police Col. John E. Gavrilis, MTA, Chief of Police Major Thomas Kemp, Acting Chief, Greenbelt Police

 

WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 - 8:30 p.m.

 

WHERE: Dundalk/Sollers Point High School, 1901 Delvale Ave., Dundalk, MD 21222

 

Members of the media who plan to cover the event should contact Lt. Kevin Ayd, MDTA Police Public Information Officer, at 410-537-7724.

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April 3, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP

DISTRACTED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT

National Campaign April 1 – April 30

#parkthephone

 

BALTIMORE, MD – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police are joining law-enforcement agencies nationwide in their efforts to step up enforcement and to heighten motorist awareness about the dangers of distracted driving.

“Is that phone call, a text message, or social media post worth your life or someone else’s?,” said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones.  “Absolutely not.”

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. MDTA Police officers will focus on handheld cell phone use, including phone calls and texting while driving. The fines for using a handheld phone while a vehicle is in motion range from $83 for the first offense to $160 for the third offense.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. 

During the entire month of April, MDTA officers will be conducting high visibility enforcement initiatives and educating the motorist on distracted driving. To end distracted driving starts with motorist parking the phone before your drive. Take the pledge and the commitment to end distracted driving by visiting Distraction.gov.

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.

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March 20, 2017

 

 

PURSUIT OF STOLEN VEHICLE ENDS IN FATAL CRASH

 

BALTIMORE, MD - On March 19, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police attempted to stop a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado that was reported stolen on March 17, 2017, by the Laconia, N.H., Police Department.

An officer attempted to conduct the traffic stop on I-95 in Baltimore just north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit ensued on northbound I-95 through Harford and Cecil counties. The pursuit ended when the suspect lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Exit 109 (MD 272). The driver of the Chevrolet, Stephen K. Reinholz, a 28-year-old male from Laconia, N.H., and passenger Kaili M. Pierce, a 28-year-old female from Concord, N.H., both were pronounced deceased at the scene.

Troopers from Maryland State Police John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway Barrack assisted MDTA officers in the pursuit. No officers or troopers were injured during the pursuit. The investigation continues and is being handled by the MDTA Police.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2017

 

CONTACT: Lt. Kevin Ayd
410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP
IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT
ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY
NOTHING LUCKY ABOUT JAIL
#makeaplan

BALTIMORE, MD - On March 17, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out on the roadways enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving laws during the St. Patrick's Day holiday.

"We want you to enjoy yourself this St. Patrick's Day, but be responsible and make a plan for a sober ride home," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Motorists should be reminded that "Buzz Driving is Drunk Driving." According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 - 2015, 252 lives were lost in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day.

In addition, the MDTA Police want to remind motorists to make a plan prior to going out for St. Patrick's Day.

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride-share service.

3. Take public transportation.

 

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways.

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