Police Target County Roads After Spate of Serious and Fatal Car Crashes
Anne Arundel County Police spokesman Justin Mulcahy released the following information for a safe driving enforcement campaign, “Thirty Five to Save Lives.” The stepped up patrols will continue until January 7, 2013. In all, 13 victims have died in the past month from car crashes in the county. Many involved pedestrians. Another half-dozen had serious injuries and had to be airlifted to area hospitals for treatment.
First, here is a listing of the accidents that have taken place in just the past 30 days (Nov 14-Dec. 11):
- I-97 crash near Benfield Road, one man died, the other sent to Maryland Shock Trauma
- Pedestrian died after being hit on Route 50 near Rowe Boulevard in Annapolis.
- Severn Woman killed after being hit by a car at Route 2 and West Street in Annapolis.
- Pedestrian killed in fatal hit and run on I-295 near the Baltimore Beltway.
- Pedestrian hit on Central Avenue in Edgewater—near River Club Estates on the Mayo Peninsula. Taken to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries.
- Pregnant woman hit by a car in Odenton, taken to hospital with serious injuries.
- Fatal accident on Herald Harbor Road near Prescot Road in Crownsville—driver struck a tree.
- Linthicum man died after being hit by a car on Annapolis Blvd. near Edgewood Road in Linthicum.
- Annapolis woman died after she was broadsided by a truck on Annapolis Road in Odenton.
- (Alleged) drunk driver died in a crash on Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.
- Four people from Glen Burnie dead in horrific collision in Pasadena.
- Pedestrian hit on Ritchie Highway in the area of Brooklyn Park.
- Two people critically injured when their car hit a tree on Gov. Bridge Road near Davidsonville Road in Davidsonville.
Information culled from stories on the South River Source and Eye on Annapolis.
Now on to the media release from police:
Beginning December 10, 2012, through January 7, 2013, under the direction of Chief of Police Larry W. Tolliver, the Anne Arundel County Police Department will mobilize personnel in a comprehensive campaign designed to reduce crashes, injuries and deaths on Anne Arundel County roads. The plan will target predictive behaviors and crashes on roadways using a data driven, multi-disciplinary approach involving education, enforcement, and engineering, major components of highway safety.
The campaign, entitled, “Thirty-Five to Save Lives” refers to dedicating an officer for at least 30 minutes per shift to traffic enforcement targeting five specific behaviors in an effort to save the lives of motorists. The plan is consistent with the Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) and will deploy officers to focus on the following five specific behaviors:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Aggressive driving
- Pedestrian safety
- Speed enforcement
The ultimate goal of the enforcement plan is for motorists and pedestrians to voluntarily comply with rules of the road without the requirement for a continuous police presence. During the initiative, each Traffic Coordinator will compile a report consisting of roadways with the highest frequency of impaired driving, crime and crash data. District Commanders will direct enforcement activities within their district based on the roadways identified as having high frequency of crimes and/or crashes and each officer will be deployed to the identified location and provide targeted traffic enforcement for at least 30 minutes per duty day.
The plan calls for officers utilizing specific and general countermeasures in data supported sections of the County. Specific countermeasures include direct violator contact for violations of the motor vehicle law or Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). The violator contact can also be used as an educational opportunity versus an enforcement action. The educational aspect of traffic safety is crucial to the motorist’s continued voluntary compliance with the rules of road. General countermeasures include the high visibility of officers taking enforcement actions.
Stay safe out there!