From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police:
Throughout the holiday season, it is easy to feel rushed. Too often, we let day-to-day activities interfere with our focus when we are driving, but when you add the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, driving without distraction can be even more challenging. Therefore, during this holiday season and into the New Year, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police want to remind the citizens of Harford County, that now more than ever, it is important to slow down and pay attention when you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Your safety and the safety of your fellow drivers are our #1 concern.
Traditionally, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is one of the most deadly and dangerous times on our roadways. “Distracted and impaired driving can have dangerous and life altering consequences,” stated Harford County Sheriff L. Jesse Bane. “Our goal is to help our citizens avoid accidents if possible by reminding them to stay focused while behind the wheel.”
High Crash Areas Targeted
Several years worth of State Highway Administration, accident statistics and data have helped local law enforcement officials identify “high crash” areas in Harford County that will be targeted for enforcement over the next several months. Some of the key areas identified to date are:
– Route 24 between I-95 and Bel Air
– Route 22 between Aberdeen and Bel Air
– Route 1 between Fallson and Hickory
– Route 40 between Joppa Road and Edgewood Road
– Tollgate Road in Bel Air
– Box Hill Parkway in Abingdon?
Harford County Ranked 5th in State for Traffic Fatalities
Harford County, MD ranks fifth (5th) highest in the State (including Baltimore City) for vehicular accidents with fatalities. As of December 2011, there were 22 fatal accidents reported on Harford County roadways.
The County’s State ranking in traffic fatalities have raised serious concerns for Harford County’s local law enforcement officials. “These are not statistics to be proud of,” stated Lieutenant Chuck Moore of the Maryland State Police – Bel Air Barracks. Therefore, Harford County’s Law Enforcement Agencies have formed the Harford County Traffic Task Force designed to educate citizens on the perils associated with traffic related offenses, while implementing a cohesive plan for aggressive traffic enforcement throughout the year.
Focused Enforcement Efforts
Traffic enforcement efforts will focus on correcting such negative driving behaviors as following too closely, speeding, reckless driving, cell phone violations, failing to wear seatbelts, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/ or drugs.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Maryland State Police – Bel Air Barracks hope to achieve the following in Harford County MD through this joint traffic safety initiative:
– Reduction in the overall number of crashes, specifically in identified “high crash” areas
– Education for drivers that may be committing traffic violation that lead to crashes
Through the combination of resources and community awareness, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police are striving to reduce the costs associated with accidents, while saving lives.