From Maryland State Police:
(Harford County, MD) _ In response to an increased number of serious car accidents and citizen complaints, Troopers from the Bel Air Barrack will be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.
This targeted enforcement coincides with the beginning of the school year. Emphasis will be on speeding, reckless driving, following too closely, and most importantly school bus violations. “There will be zero tolerance for individuals found passing stopped school buses,” stressed Bel Air Barrack’s school bus violation supervisor, Sgt. J. Kloiber. The fine and penalty for this violation is $570.00 and 3 points. This is an incredibly serious violation, Kloiber added. “Troopers will also be vigilant for safety seat and seatbelt violations”, Kloiber added. To date, law enforcement in Harford County has investigated 11 fatal motor vehicle collisions.
The Maryland State Police would like to remind our county motorists the changes in the law effective Oct. 1 concerning text messaging while driving. Motorists found to be writing or transmitting electronic messages via cellular telephones will receive citations for $70 and one point on their driving record. Fines start at $110 for motorists whose texting is found to be contributory to a crash.
The targeted roadways will be posted through our media partners one week prior to the actual week of enhanced enforcement. According to Wann “The roads which are receiving a high number of complaints for school bus violations are MD Route 136 (Whiteford Road) at Robinson Mill Road and MD Route 22 (Churchville Road) in the area of Campus Hills.” Enhanced enforcement is scheduled to begin in this area on September 14.
Great – and how many troopers does the Bel Air barrack have assigned to patrol? Because that may limit how “enhanced” this enhanced enforcement can be.
Common Sense says
Exactly, David. They don’t have enough people to handle their 911 calls so I wouldn’t be too worried about their “enhanced enforcement.”
And the whole “no texting while driving thing” is a bunch of crap. How can you prove someone is texting and not just dialing their phone? There is a charge for reckless driving that should be used in these cases when it’s able to be proved. There was no need to create another charge.
Okay, that’s enough…
I hope this also applies to the qualcoms in trucks.
Go Dagger !
Put a trooper at the intersection of Castleton & Berkley Road in Darlington to watch how many vehicles disregard the four way stop sign there. The potential for a life injuring accident gets closer with each motorist that avoids stopping at this intersection. In an hour from my front porch I counted over 15 motorist that either didn’t stop at all or rolled right thru the intersection. It’s only when a life is lost that something will be done, unfortunately!