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Date: 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Nov. 15, 2012

Contact: Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724             

                     MEDIA ADVISORY

MDTA POLICE HOLDING SPECIAL EVENT FOR WOMEN TO “JOIN THE RANKS”

WHAT:          The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will host the agency’s 
                      fourth Women In Law Enforcement Career Night.

WHO:            Deborah Sharpless, MDTA Deputy Executive Secretary
                      
Maj. Michael Kundrat, Senior Commander, MDTA Police
                      
Maj. Danielle Bradshaw-Lee, Commander, MDTA Police Airport and Seaport
                      
Capt. Lucy Lyles, Commander, MDTA Police Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit
                      
Lt. Victoria Davis, Assistant Commander, MDTA Police Personnel Command
                      
Det./Cpl. Ariane Warren, MDTA Police Detective Unit                              

WHEN:         Today, Nov. 15, 2012
                     
5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:        MDTA Police Headquarters, Multipurpose Room
                     
4330 Broening Highway
                     
Baltimore, MD  21222          

Directions: 

From northbound and southbound I-95: Take Keith Avenue (Exit 56).  At the traffic signal at the end of the ramp, turn left onto Keith Avenue.  Follow Keith Avenue, which merges into Broening Highway.  Proceed past Seagirt Marine Terminal and Turner’s Station.  As Broening Highway begins to merge with I-695, make a left at the sign for MDTA Police Headquarters.  Proceed into the parking lot.

From I-695 east (over the Francis Scott Key Bridge): Take the first exit past the toll plaza (Exit 44).  At the bottom of the ramp, turn right into the parking lot. 

From I-695 west: Make an immediate right after the Key Bridge toll plaza into the parking lot.  Continue through the power gate and turn right onto Authority Drive.  At the end of Authority Drive, make a right at Broening Highway.  As Broening Highway begins to merge with I-695, make a left at the sign for MDTA Police Headquarters.  Proceed into the parking lot.

For Immediate Release

Nov. 13, 2012

Contact: Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA Police Announce Re-Accreditation Inspection

Inspection Team Asking for Public Comment

BALTIMORE, MD As part of the process required for national law-enforcement re-accreditation, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will undergo an on-site assessment conducted by a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Dec. 15-18.

Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes law-enforcement excellence, adherence to the Commissions stringent standards and assures the citizens of Maryland that the MDTA Police is among the finest in the nation.

The team of CALEA assessors will perform a comprehensive examination of the forces policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.  As part of the on-site assessment, MDTA employees and the public are invited to provide comments regarding the MDTA Police directly to the CALEA assessment team via telephone, U.S. mail or the internet:

  • Verbal comments will be accepted by the assessment team on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. by calling 410-537-7709.
  • Written comments may be sent to CALEA at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155 or www.calea.org.

The MDTA Police attained national accreditation in 2001.  The CALEA assessment team consists of law-enforcement professionals from similar police agencies around the country.  The re-accreditation process takes place every three years.

CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by four membership associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

     

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTAs highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA.  Thank you.                            

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 8, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

          

MDTA POLICE HOLDING SPECIAL EVENT

FOR WOMEN TO JOIN THE RANKS

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will host its fourth Women In Law Enforcement Career Night:

Women Empowering Women IV

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

5-7:30 p.m.

MDTA Police Headquarters

4330 Broening Highway

Baltimore, MD  21222

We are pleased to announce our fourth recruiting event for women to learn about a career in law-enforcement with the MDTA Police, said MDTA Police Senior Commander Maj. Michael Kundrat.  Women play a vital role in the MDTA Police, and we are looking to recruit the very best.

The MDTA Police are currently recruiting for Police Cadets (ages 17-20), Police Officers (21 and older) and Lateral Police Officers (Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission certified).  Following the Career Night presentation, a written test session will be offered for those interested in joining the ranks.

Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA, facebook.com/TheMDTA, call 1-877-890-8827 or go to mdtapolicerecruiting.com and click on the link for Women In Law Enforcement Career Night. Those interested in attending should reserve their seats by filling out the confirmation form and following the online instructions.      

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTAs highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA.  Thank you.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 28, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772          

COPS TAKE TO THE ROOFTOPS IN SUPPORT OF SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARYLAND

BALTIMORE  During the weekend of Sept. 29 - 30, MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officers will take to the rooftops of the Aberdeen and Reisterstown Dunkin Donuts and collect donations for Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) during the national Cops on Rooftops fundraising campaign.

MDTA Police will be represented by good-natured officers Maj. Danielle Bradshaw-Lee and Capt. Joseph Alton, who have volunteered to spend 30 hours on the roofs of Dunkin Donuts locations at 993 Beards Hill Road in Aberdeen and 48 Main Street in Reisterstown.

Cops and donuts have a long, humorous history together, so it is only fitting that we team up with the great folks at Dunkin Donuts for this light-hearted event, said Maj. Bradshaw-Lee.  This event allows us to do something great for an incredible organization and poke a little fun at ourselves at the same time.  What could be better than that?

Last year, the event was held at seven locations and raised $30,000 Special Olympics Maryland.  The event was founded in 2009 by Illinois law-enforcement officers, who took to the rooftops of 94 Dunkin Donuts locations and raised more than $182,000.

SOMD is a year-round sports organization dedicated to providing quality sports training and competition opportunities to Marylands children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or closely related development disabilities.  SOMD currently serves 10,000 athletes statewide, and offers 28 sports, all at no cost to the athletes or their families.  For more information about SOMD visit www.somd.org or call 410-242-1515.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 5, 2012

Contacts:  MDTA Police, Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772

                 SOMD, Jason Schriml, 410-242-1515

Fourth Annual Fort McHenry Tunnel Run

5K Event Benefits Special Olympics Maryland;
Register or Sponsor a Runner at tunnelrun.org

BALTIMORE, MD  The MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will host the fourth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 16.  The race begins at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the right northbound tunnel tube.  All northbound vehicular traffic will be directed through the other northbound tube until the conclusion of the event at approximately 12 noon. 

The MDTA Police have put in place the following safety measures for the event:

  • Backpacks, fanny packs and bags/diaper bags are NOT permitted unless they are made of see-through material.  Participants should use clear plastic bags to carry items. 
  • Pets and wheeled transportation are prohibited.  However, wheelchairs, assistance dogs, strollers and small wagons used to carry children are permitted.
  • MDTA Police and Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) personnel will be stationed throughout the tunnel to assist participants as needed.

Awards will be presented to the top three males and females overall, Top Law Enforcement and to the top three males and females overall in the following age groups: 15 & under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70+. Team awards will be presented to the top three teams overall (based on time). All event participants are invited to join in a post-race celebration sponsored by SOMD. The entry fee is $25 now and $30 on race day. 

As long-time supporters of SOMD, the MDTA Police participate in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the ICC 5K Run/Walk and 10-mile Family Bike Ride in Gaithersburg and the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to benefit SOMD.

Media planning to cover the event should contact Sgt. Kirk E. Perez at 410-537-7724.  Members of the media should check in at the media tent adjacent to the stage.

For directions and parking for the Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk or to register or sponsor a runner, visit www.tunnelrun.org.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 31, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-5772

MDTA POLICE ENTERS FOURTH WAVE OF SMOOTH OPERATOR PROGRAM
Strict Traffic Enforcement continues into the Labor Day Weekend

BALTIMORE, MD  From Sept. 2 - 8, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the fourth wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program. 

The Smooth Operator Program is a joint effort between law-enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving.  The campaign influences motorists to make decisions that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.  For more information please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com. 

MDTA Police continue to keep drivers aware of the dangers involved with aggressive driving, said MDTA Police Senior Commander Maj. Michael Kundrat We are dedicated to keeping our roadways safe.

The MDTA Police also support the Choose Safety for Life campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways.  This campaign encourages drivers to make safe decisions when driving on Maryland highways.

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authoritys highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood 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

July 26, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez 410-977-5772

POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT HATEM BRIDGE

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, July 27, at the Thomas Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza, weather permitting.

During the checkpoint, 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 MDTA Police are committed to reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths on Maryland roadways,"said MDTA Police Senior Commander Maj. Michael Kundrat. "The greatest tragedy is that deaths due to alcohol-related crashes are preventable -- these are not accidents."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) early projections, a statistical data of traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2011 shows that an estimated 24,050 people died in motor-vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decline of about 1.6 percent as compared to the estimated 24,437 fatalities that occurred in the first nine months of 2010.

In 2011, the MDTA Police arrested nearly 950 impaired drivers and issued more than 2,600 DUI citations.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 17, 2012

Contact:     John Sales
                 
410-537-1017

**REVISED** BRIDGE CLEANING & PAINTING PROJECTS BEGIN ON I-95, I-895 & I-695
Minimal traffic impacts expected

BALTIMORE, MD  The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announces the start of three bridge preservation projects on Interstates 95, 895 and 695.  These projects, funded completely by toll revenue, are part of the MDTAs commitment to preserving and maintaining the States aging toll bridges, tunnels and highways.

Throughout the John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) in Baltimore, Cecil and Harford counties, a 1.5 year, $6 million project begins to clean and paint the structural steel on 11 overpass bridges.  Saffo Contractors, Inc., of Wilmington, N.C. is performing the work.

A 1.5 year, $6.4 million project to clean and paint the structural steel on 11 overpass and ramp bridges along the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties is being performed by Manolis Painting Co. of Timonium, Md.

North of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, Reglas Painting Company, Inc., of Baltimore is cleaning and painting the I-695 INNER LOOP (eastbound) bridge over Bear Creek in Baltimore County as part of a 1.5 year, $4 million project. 

Off-peak lane and/or shoulder closures may be needed for each project.  Previous work on these structures included miscellaneous repairs to the bridges steel and concrete.  The John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway, Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Thruway and Francis Scott Key Bridge and their approach roadways and ramps were opened in 1963, 1957 and 1977 respectively. 

Other preservation projects expected to begin this summer include a bridge deck resurfacing project for the Quarantine Road bridge over I-695, a resurfacing project on northbound and southbound I-95 from Joppa Road to the Winters Run bridge, a bridge deck sealing project for nine overpasses on I-95 in Harford and Cecil counties, and a fatigue retrofit project for the Curtis Creek Drawbridge approach spans on I-695.

Portable and overhead electronic message signs will display closure and/or detour information.  For information on the MDTAs other facility preservation projects, or to view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov.  You can also follow TheMDTA on Twitter.  For statewide travel conditions, visit MD511.ORG or call 511.  The MDTA thanks its customers for their patience and reminds them to Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!!

 For Immediate Release

July 5, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk Perez, 410-977-5772

                                                

POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT KEY BRIDGE

BALTIMORE, MD -- To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, July 6, at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) toll plaza.

During the checkpoint, 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 MDTA Police are committed to keeping Maryland citizens safe from drunk drivers, especially as the summer-travel season continues to ramp up, said Senior MDTA Police Commander Major Michael Kundrat.  Law enforcement is on the front lines conducting sobriety checkpoints and educating the public in an effort to eliminate drunk driving."

NHTSA reports that in 2010 alone, 10,228 fatalities occurred in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher - 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.

In 2011, the MDTA Police issued more than 2,600 DUI citations.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-7724

MDTA POLICE STRICTLY ENFORCING AGGRESSIVE DRIVING VIOLATIONS
"
Smooth Operator" Heats up for the Summer Travel Season

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will maintain a strong presence on the roads June 29 - July 7 to enhance travel safety and target aggressive drivers during the second wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.

The Smooth Operator Program allows our law enforcement partners throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia to combat aggressive driving, said MDTA Senior Commander Major Michael Kundrat.  "We are working hand-in-hand with trauma experts, government officials and other professionals to bring about change and stigmatize aggressive driver behavior on our roads."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers:

  • Get out of their way and steer clear of them on the road.
  • Don't challenge them. Avoid eye contact. Ignore rude gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Give them the benefit of the doubt. Not all aggressive driving behavior is intentional.
  • Don't block the passing lane, especially if you are driving slower than most of the traffic. Move over to the right lane.
  • When it is safe to do so, Dial #77 on a cell phone to report aggressive drivers or call your local police.

Visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com for more details.

The MDTA Police also supports the "Choose Safety for Life" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways.  This campaign encourages drivers to make safe decisions when driving on Maryland highways.  The campaign focuses on attentive driving, seatbelt use, defensive driving, slower driving and not driving while impaired.