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Date: May 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 21, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

 

MDTA POLICE PARTICIPATE IN ANNUAL

"CLICK IT OR TICKET" ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

MDTA Police Step Up Seatbelt Enforcement

National Campaign May 19 June 1

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will join law-enforcement agencies, the State Highway Administration Office of Traffic and Safety and highway-safety advocates in renewing a pledge to save lives during the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"I am concerned at the disproportionate rate of young adults dying becausthey were not wearing their seatbelts. Sixty-two percent of 18- to 34-year-old passenger-vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing their seatbelts" said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Michael Kundrat. "Although Maryland has made great strides in terms of seatbelt usage, each of us needs to buckle-up every time we travel in a vehicle."

According to recent figures released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seatbelts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying in 2012. From 2008 to 2012, seatbelts saved nearly 63,000 lives.

NHTSA also reports that, for the first time in five years, fatalities for un-restrained passenger-vehicle occupants have gone up. In 2012, there were 10,335 unbuckled passenger-vehicle occupants who died.

The MDTA Police also support the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov.

Follow the MDTA Police at mdta.maryland.gov.

 

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, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.
MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the MDTAs highways, bridges and tunnels, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port of Baltimore.

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Note: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police as the "MDTA" Police. Thank you.

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For Immediate Release:

May 2, 2014

Contact:  1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MDTA POLICE HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

BALTIMORE, MD The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police held its Annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony today to honor seven officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Off. George Neil Ramsburg, Off. Robert Franklin Pyles Sr., Off. Thomas (Jackie) Roland Crouch, Off. Duke G. Aaron III, Off. Grant Francis Turner, Cpl. Robert Thomas Krauss and Cpl. Courtney Gerald Brooks were honored during the event held at the MDTA Police Headquarters Memorial Garden in Baltimore.

"Today, we are proud to gather to honor and remember our brothers who made the ultimate sacrifice serving the State of Maryland," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. "Our survivors need to know that their loved ones will never be forgotten."

Several survivors joined Col. Kundrat and the MDTA Police Honor Guard at todays ceremony. Former MDTA Police Chief and MSP Superintendant Marcus Brown was also in attendance. Current and retired MDTA Police officers also gathered to honor their fellow officers prior to the start of National Police Week.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

MEDIA ADVISORY
MDTA POLICE TO HONOR FALLEN OFFICERS

WHAT: Tomorrow, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will honor their Fallen Officers and their surviving family members at the MDTA Police Memorial Garden.

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014
              10 to 11 a.m.

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

Directions:
 

From northbound and southbound I-95 (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 Turners 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.

Members of the media who plan to cover the event should contact 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, MDTA Police Public Information Officer, at 410-537-7724.