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Date: 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 21, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP IMPAIRED

DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

 

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out in full force from Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, through Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, conducting high-visibility enforcement to remove impaired drivers from area roadways.

"We remind motorists to be safe during their celebrations and plan ahead. If you see a drunk driver on the road, report him or her to law enforcement immediately by calling 911," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Every holiday season, lives are lost due to impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2012-2016, 14,472 people lost their lives in motor-vehicle crashes during the month of December and 28 percent (3,995) died in a crash that involved a driver with a blood-alcohol content of .08 or higher.

The MDTA Police remind you to use mass transit, take a taxi, call a friend or use a ride share service if you will be drinking alcohol.

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 944 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.

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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

Nov. 30, 2017

 

BRING YOUR TOYS FOR TOTS

ON YOUR COMMUTE DEC. 6 - 8

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police, MDTA staff and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in the national Toys for Tots campaign at the Baltimore harbor crossings. Since 1990, MDTA employees have collected more than 152,000 toys from toll facility and Port of Baltimore customers.

Wednesday, Dec. 6 - Friday, Dec. 8, from 6 - 9 a.m. and 3 - 5 p.m., employees will collect new, unwrapped toys at the Baltimore Harbor and Fort McHenry tunnels (I-895, I-95) and the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore, and also at the Bay Bridge (US 50/301), the Gov. Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40), the Intercounty Connector (MD 200) and the Dundalk Marine Terminal.

"We are excited about this opportunity to make a difference in the communities that we serve," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "Each year, the men and women of the MDTA look forward to this holiday tradition."

Customers who wish to donate toys should use the far-right toll lane and follow directions from Santa, uniformed MDTA Police officers or MDTA staff. (Note: This includes E-ZPass customers who wish to drop off toys.) The MDTA Police remind drivers to keep safety in mind as they approach toy drop-off sites. Toys may be dropped off during scheduled times only. Toll collectors are unable to accept donations in the toll lanes.

Toys collected at the Baltimore-area facilities will be given to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves base in northeast Baltimore for distribution.

For more information on the MDTA's collection efforts, visit mdta.maryland.gov. For more on the Toys for Tots program, visit toysfortots.org. 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 27, 2017

          

       

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP IMPAIRED

DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING HALLOWEEN

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out in full force from Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, focusing enforcement efforts on impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.

“We remind motorists to be safe this Halloween and plan ahead before you celebrate. If you see a drunk driver on the road, report him or her to law enforcement immediately by calling 911,” 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. There were 172 highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween nights between 2011-2015.

The MDTA Police remind you to use mass transit, take a taxi, call a friend or use a ride share service if you will be drinking alcohol.

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 846 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. 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Oct. 3, 2017

 

 

LESS THAN ONE WEEK TO

REGISTER FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL

5K FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL FUN RUN

Register today at tunnelrun.org & support Special Olympics Maryland

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host the ninth annual 5K Fort McHenry Tunnel Fun Run presented by Geico on Sunday, Oct. 8, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). The event will begin at 9 a.m. and will take participants on an out-and-back course through the northbound right tunnel tube.  

Visit tunnelrun.org to register, form a team or support a registered runner/walker. Awards will be presented in various categories, including numerous age groups for men and women. The entry fee is $35 through Oct. 7 and $40 the day of the event.

All northbound I-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 annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Bear Plunge and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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

 

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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.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 2, 2017

 

          

MDTA POLICE MAKE SIX ARRESTS

DURING THREE-DAY INITIATVE

AT BALTIMORE TUNNELS

 

BALTIMORE, MD – From Sept. 27 - 29, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police conducted an initiative to enhance highway safety and criminal interdiction along its roadways.

During the three-day initiative, MDTA officers made 196 traffic stops, from which four individuals were arrested for outstanding warrants, one individual was arrested for possession of one kilogram of cocaine, one individual was arrested for possession of 169 cartons of untaxed cigarettes, and three individuals were issued civil citations for possession of marijuana less than 10 grams.

The MDTA Police provides safety, security and service to those who use MDTA facilities and other vital transportation assets located throughout Maryland. MDTA Police’s goal is to promote highway safety and arrest criminals through enforcement and interdiction.

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 motorists 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 14, 2017

 

 

MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY

CHECKPOINT AT HATEM BRIDGE FRIDAY 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, Sept. 15, at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza in Perryville.

"The MDTA Police will continue to increase awareness about impaired driving through sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement," 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 the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO), between 2011 and 2015, more than 19,000 people were killed or injured in Maryland in a crash in which alcohol and/or drugs were involved.

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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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 8, 2017

 

 

MDTA POLICE ARREST TWO MURDER

SUSPECTS FROM NORTH CAROLINA

 

BALTIMORE, MD - On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police arrested two individuals from North Carolina who were wanted for murder and who had two firearms in their possession.

An MDTA Police officer stopped 23-year-old Rose Angelica Shultz on northbound I-95 at Exit 64 in Baltimore County for an equipment violation on a 2011 Dodge Avenger. During the traffic stop, MDTA officers were advised that the vehicle stopped was connected to a homicide in Catawba, NC. The passenger in the vehicle, 32-year-old James Vincent Rinkines, was wanted for murder by the Catawba County Sheriff's Office. Rinkines and Schultz were taken into custody without incident.

During a search of the vehicle, MDTA Police recovered one loaded handgun, one loaded assault rifle and three loaded handgun magazines.

The MDTA Police charged both Rinkines and Schultz with possession of a handgun in vehicle, possession of handgun on person, possession of an assault weapon and illegally possessing a firearm. After Schultz arrest Catawba County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for accessory after the fact and for helping Rinkines escape arrest.

After processing, Rinkines and Schultz were transported to the Baltimore County Court Commissioner. Both are being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 8, 2017

 

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 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 website at mdta.maryland.gov and click on MDTA Police. Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook at /TheMDTA.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 31, 2017

 

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP

IMPAIRED DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING

THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND

#makeaplan

 

BALTIMORE, MD - During the Labor Day weekend, Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out on the roadways enforcing impaired, distracted and aggressive driving laws.

"Drinking and driving is a choice. A bad choice that can have tragic results," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones. "If you are going to drink alcohol, make the right choice and don't drive."

The MDTA Police remind motorists that "Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving" and to #makeaplan BEFORE you head to your destination:

1. Choose a designated driver.

2. Call a taxi or ride-share service.

3. Take public transportation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2011 - 2015, 460 lives were lost in drunk-driving-related crashes during the Labor Day holiday.

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways and 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 MDTA Police also remind motorists to "Move Over or Slow Down" for emergency vehicles and tow trucks that are stopped on a highway with visual signals.

 

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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 22, 2017

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR

THE NINTH ANNUAL

FORT MCHENRY TUNNEL 5K RUN/WALK

Register today at tunnelrun.org & support Special Olympics Maryland

Geico

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host the ninth annual 5K Fort McHenry Tunnel Fun Run presented by Geico on Sunday, Oct. 8, to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). The event 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 the SOMD," said MDTA Police Chief Colonel Jerry Jones. "The greatest underwater event allows us the opportunity to showcase our unusual venue, but more importantly to help raise funds and awareness of SOMD athletes."

"I am grateful to the MDTA and our title sponsor Geico for their incredible efforts and support in hosting the event," said SOMD President and CEO Jim Schmutz. "We're expecting more than 800 enthusiastic runners who are eager to eclipse our $35,000 fundraising goal all in support our 7,549 SOMD athletes who compete year-round in 27 sports free of charge. Together through sport, we are creating a world where opportunity is not limited by disability."

Visit tunnelrun.org to register, form a team or support a registered runner/walker. 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 Oct. 7 and $40 the day of the event.

All northbound I-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 annual Law Enforcement Torch Run and Polar Bear Plunge and previously hosted the MDTA Police Plane Pull at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

 

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.