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Date: Jul 2012

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.