From the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
[June 26, 2012, Bel Air, MD] – Leaders from Harford County’s allied law enforcement agencies gathered at the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Southern Precinct on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, to sign a Memo of Understanding officially ratifying the creation of the Harford County Traffic Task Force.
The purpose of the multi-agency law enforcement based Harford County Traffic Task Force is to reduce traffic fatalities, traffic crashes and traffic violations which occur within Harford County, through enforcement and education. Members of the Harford County Traffic Task Force will operate throughout the County in targeted areas to enforce traffic related laws including, but not limited to: use of safety belts and child safety seats, driving under the Influence and Driving while Intoxicated, Speeding and Aggressive Driving and all other violations of Maryland’s Transportation Article.
The Harford County Traffic Task Force, led by the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, consists of members from Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Police Department, Havre de Grace Police Department and the Maryland State Police (Bel Air and JFK Barracks).
Participation In Harford County Traffic Task Force is Crucial
“As leader of the Harford County’s primary law enforcement agency, I feel it is my responsibility to do everything possible to provide for the public’s safety. With that in mind, traffic–particularly in light of the high fatality rates, is one of our agency’s key issues being addressed at this time.”
Sheriff L. Jesse Bane – Harford County Sheriff’s Office
“Having the added resources of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Police Department, Bel Air Police Department, Havre De Grace Police Department, troopers from JFK Barrack, and members of the community and Harford County Government is a win-win for all stakeholders. We will be able to provide complete saturation of identified “high crash” areas with the added resources and further improve our ability to improve driving behaviors of our citizens. Additionally, further partnering with our citizens and government entities will enable the task force to expand our ability to influence other factors that can influence driving behaviors, i.e., having citizen task force members participate alongside law enforcement during community/school presentations. Harford County law enforcement and governmental entities remain committed to improving the quality of life of our citizens by this cohesive and innovative approach to traffic safety.”
Lt. Charles A. Moore – Maryland State Police – Bel Air Barracks
“Traffic safety is an important component of the overall mission of the Aberdeen Police Department. We are committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries due to traffic accidents through rigorous campaigns of enforcement and public education. The opportunity to participate in the Harford County Traffic Task Force amplifies our ability to reduce traffic crashes as we begin our cooperative partnership with our allied agencies in a combined effort to make Harford County roads a safer place to travel.”
Chief Henry Trabert of the Aberdeen Police Department
“The Harford County Traffic Task Force is important to the Town of Bel Air, because we have learned from our experiences that traffic safety can be achieved with education, awareness and enforcement. Our red light camera program has significantly reduced crashes at our major intersections. Bel Air is the shopping hub of the County with over 40,000 vehicles traveling through the Town each day on Route 24. This volume of traffic creates more of an opportunity for motor vehicles crashes. Combining the police enforcement resources of State, County and municipal agencies will make the Town roadways safer for our motorist, cyclist and pedestrians.”
Chief Leo Matrangola – Bel Air Police Department
“The Harford County Traffic Task Force is an excellent way to partner with the other law enforcement agencies in our county and to show drivers that collectively we are all committed to safety on our roadways whether the enforcement action is speed management, safety belt or aggressive driving enforcement. Regardless of the type of enforcement effort or location our goal is to reduce crashes and fatalities throughout Harford County.”
Chief Teresa Walter – Havre de Grace Police Department
This innovative partnership supported by the Maryland Highway Safety Office and the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention is designed to increase law enforcement’s visibility in identified problematic areas while maximizing shared resources. Following the rules of the road will prevent crashes and save lives.