From Maryland State Police:
More than 500 people die on Maryland roads every year. These are all family, friends and neighbors – not just statistics. Every person that dies is loss that is sudden, shocking, and unpredictable. Death and injury should not be an acceptable consequence of driving. It has never been for airlines, trains or ships. Why motor vehicles?
That’s why the Maryland State Police, Bel Air Barrack is working Toward Zero Deaths on Harford County’s roadways through policy, public health, education, enforcement and other efforts.
On September 14, 2012, Bel Air Troopers investigated the ninth fatal motor collision this year. While this is an improvement over 2011, when troopers had investigated 15 fatal motor vehicle collisions by this time, one is still too many. Most fatal collisions can be attributed to driver error. That includes speeding, which is one of the most dangerous problems on our roads today – a factor in an estimated one-third of all crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Maryland.
Lt. Michael Wann, Commander of the Bel Air State Police Barrack, reminds everyone that “seatbelts are your best defense against unsafe drivers and the single most important step you can take to save your life in the event of a crash. Buckle up, every time, every trip.” Troopers have been working in coordination with the Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Town Police, Harford County Sheriff’s Department, and the Havre de Grace Police Department to combat speeding and aggressive driving. This week troopers will focus on MD Route 22 from Bel Air to Churchville. Troopers will be strictly enforcing speed and aggressive driving violations.
– Lap and shoulder seat belts – when worn – lower the risk of death to passengers in the front seat by 45 percent. Seat belts also reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by half.
– Teens aged 13 to 15 have a 67 percent risk of dying in crashes in which they aren’t wearing seat belts – the highest percentage of all age groups.
– Data shows that, among passengers aged 18 to 34 who have been killed in crashes, 63 percent were not buckled up.