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Date: 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 23, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED THE DRIVER OF

TANKER TRUCK FROM FATAL CRASH ON I-95

Involved Individuals & Witnesses Asked To Contact

MDTA Police At 410-537-1208

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have identified the operator of the Carroll Fuel tanker truck who died in a major crash that occurred on I-95 in Baltimore City on Saturday, Dec. 17

Clinton Lamont Worrell, Jr., a 31-year old from Baltimore, died in the crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue.

There are still a number of unclaimed vehicles.  The MDTA Police request any operators, passengers, involved individuals OR witnesses in the crashes in the early morning hours of Saturday, Dec. 17, to contact the MDTA Police at 410-537-1208.  The MDTA Police need information to match the operators and passengers with the vehicles involved.  

Please be advised that the MDTA Police will interview anyone claiming a vehicle prior to releasing their vehicle.  Here is the information that the Police need:

  • Vehicle they were operating;
  • Passengers in the vehicle; and
  • Contact information.

Anyone meeting the above criteria may call the MDTA Police at 410-537-1208.

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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 web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 22, 2016

 

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, Dec. 23, at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) toll plaza in Baltimore.

"During the holiday season, alcohol-related crashes are at their highest. If you do go out and drink, 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.

According to a recent study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

drivers with an alcohol level of 0.15 percent were 12 times more likely to crash than sober drivers. The study also revealed that marijuana users were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.

To date, MDTA officers have arrested nearly 930 impaired drivers in 2016.

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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 web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 20, 2016

 

TRAVELING THIS HOLIDAY? REMINDERS FOR REPORTING EMERGENCIES ON THE ROAD

Help Police Help You

 

BALTIMORE, MD – During this busy holiday season, 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 that 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 web site at mdta.maryland.gov/police/police_main.html. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 19, 2016
 
 

MDTA POLICE HAVE IDENTIFIED TWO OF THREE

FATALITIES FROM MAJOR CRASHES ON I-95

Involved Individuals & Witnesses Contact

Tunnel Command Duty Station At 410-537-1208

 

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have identified two of the three fatalities that occurred on I-95 in Baltimore City on Saturday, Dec. 17. The Police have not yet identified the operator of the tanker truck who died in the major crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue.

Alfredo Santos Orellana, a 38-year old male from Mount Rainier, died in the crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue. Mehmed Hodzic, a 54-year old male from Edgewood, died in the crash on I-95 near Eastern Avenue.

There are still a number of unclaimed vehicles. The MDTA Police request any operators, passengers, involved individuals OR witnesses in the crash on I-95 near Caton Avenue to contact the Tunnel Command Duty Station at 410-537-1208. The MDTA Police need information to match the operators and passengers with the vehicles involved.

Please be advised that the MDTA Police will interview anyone claiming a vehicle prior to releasing their vehicle. Here is the information that the Police need:

  • Vehicle they were operating;
  • Passengers in the vehicle; and
  • Contact information.

Anyone meeting the above criteria may call the Tunnel Command Duty Station at 410-537-1208.

To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 26, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP IMPAIRED

DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING HALLOWEEN

DRIVING SHOULDN’T BE SCARY

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out in full force from Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, through Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, focusing enforcement efforts on impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.

“We remind drivers that drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel should never happen,” said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to drunk drivers. In 2015, over half (52%) of all highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween night involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 or higher.

The MDTA Police want to remind you to have a three step plan prior to going out for a night of drinking.

  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. So far this year, the MDTA Police have made 770 impaired-driving arrests.

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

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 MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 28, 2016

           

MDTA POLICE ANNOUNCE

NEW PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police today named Lieutenant Kevin S. Ayd as its Public Information Officer (PIO).  Lt. Ayd is a 14-year veteran of the MDTA Police.

Lt. Ayd can be reached at his office at 410-537-7724, on his cell at 410-977-5772 or via email at kayd@mdta.maryland.gov for media inquiries regarding motor-vehicle crashes, incidents and MDTA Police activities at Maryland’s toll facilities, at BWI/Thurgood Marshall Airport and at the Port of Baltimore.

A Harford County resident, Lt. Ayd holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Management from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of its Police Executive Leadership Program. Prior to being named MDTA Police PIO, Lt. Ayd served as the commander of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Unit.

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 MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 7, 2016
 
 
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 that 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.
 
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 MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 18, 2016

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

JUST ONE MONTH AWAY

Register Today at tunnelrun.org & Support Special Olympics

BALTIMORE, MD - In just one month, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) offers the unique opportunity to run or walk beneath Baltimore's Harbor at the eighth annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The event, which benefits Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD), 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 SOMD," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "There's no better opportunity to support the dedicated and inspiring SOMD athletes than by enjoying a Sunday morning run or walk through a tunnel that is recognized far and wide for its engineering achievements."

To register as an individual, to form or join a team or to support a registered runner/walker, visit tunnelrun.org. 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 Sept. 15 and $40 thereafter.

All northbound Interstate 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 Law Enforcement Torch Run and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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 MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 10, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE ACTIVELY

SEARCHING FOR AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS

Aggressive Drivers Are Closer Than You Think

 

BALTIMORE, MD – From Aug. 11 - 20, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the third wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.  

The Smooth Operator Program is a cooperative effort among law-enforcement agencies 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. The campaign encourages motorists to make decisions that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.  

Smooth Operator began in 1997 and focuses on the four “E”s: Enforcement, Education, Evaluation and Engineering.  Law-enforcement agencies throughout the region have increased patrols and public awareness, researched previous campaigns and helped develop long-term roadway solutions.  For more information, please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com.

The MDTA Police also support the “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland’s roadways.  For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.  For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.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 MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 2, 2016

 

MDTA POLICE TO SUPPORT

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT EVENTS ACROSS THE STATE

Partnering for Safer Communities

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Tonight, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police join their local communities and law-enforcement partners in six counties and in Baltimore City to help prevent crime and raise awareness of local crime-watch initiatives during the annual National Night Out program.

"The MDTA Police are connected to the communities where we live and where we work," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "We always look forward to opportunities like National Night Out to spend time with the families that we protect and serve throughout the year."

MDTA Police Officers from detachments across the State will attend National Night Out events in Baltimore County (Turner Station), Baltimore City (Cherry Hill), Anne Arundel County (Crofton and Brooklyn Park), Prince George's County (Landover), Harford County (Havre de Grace), Charles County and Queen Anne's County.

Visit natw.org to find local National Night Out activities and to learn more about the National Association of Town Watch, Inc. In 2015, more than 38 million people and nearly 16,000 communities participated in National Night Out across the U.S.

Follow the MDTA Police at twitter.com/TheMDTA, facebook.com/TheMDTA and 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 MDTA's highways, bridges and tunnels; at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

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