Hogan Administration announces $12 million in highway safety grants

I-95As part of ongoing efforts to prevent traffic crashes and save lives on Maryland roads, Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced that $12 million in federal highway safety funds will be granted to approximately 90 agencies and organizations across the state with the goal of reducing crashes and related injuries and deaths.

“The safety of our citizens and visitors is a responsibility we take extremely seriously, and our administration will continue to make investments to make our roadways safer,” said Governor Hogan. “This funding continues our commitment to address traffic safety challenges and get unsafe, impaired, and distracted drivers off the road.”

In 2017, there were 557 deaths as a result of traffic crashes in Maryland. The funds distributed through the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office will help fund the following traffic-safety efforts:

  • Increasing the use of seat belts in all seating positions;
  • Preventing impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving;
  • Increasing the safety of pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists;
  • Promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats;
  • Funding overtime enforcement of Maryland’s traffic laws;
  • Supporting police training for highway safety and traffic enforcement; and
  • Increasing capability and efficiency of Maryland’s traffic data systems.

Maryland’s five-year Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) guides the funding of traffic safety-related projects and will be used by state and local agencies and non-profit groups to address the strategies set forth in the plan for meeting the Toward Zero Deaths goal of cutting the number of deaths on Maryland roads in half by 2030.

The state is also working with various Maryland jurisdictions to develop local SHSPs that address community-specific traffic issues and complement the broader plan.

“The only acceptable goal is to reduce the number of traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities to zero,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

Secretary Rahn also recently announced MDOT’s Traffic Safety Pledge which encourages Maryland drivers to pledge to: always wear their seatbelt; have a safe and sober ride; park the phone before driving; use crosswalks and be seen while walking or biking; look for pedestrians and motorcyclists and give bicyclists three feet of clearance; wear proper protective gear while riding a motorcycle; and give themselves time. Speed is a factor in many crashes and greatly increases the severity.

The federal grant awards can only be used for traffic safety activities and are allocated based on crash data for each county and/or organization that applied for funding. Funds can only be spent during Federal Fiscal Year 2019 (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019). A breakdown of the amounts granted across the state:

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AgencyTotal Grant Amount
Aberdeen Police Department$11,000.00
Allegany County Sheriff’s Office$8,000.00
Americans for Older Driver Safety$6,220.00
Annapolis Police Department$25,000.00
Anne Arundel County Police Department$105,000.00
Baltimore City Police Department$94,000.00
Baltimore County Health Department$6,750.00
Baltimore County Police Department$334,431.00
Baltimore Metropolitan Council$471,500.00
Bel Air Police Department$11,000.00
Berlin Police Department$4,500.00
Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse$5,100.00
Calvert County Sheriff’s Office$25,000.00
Cambridge Police Department$6,978.00
Caroline County Sheriff’s Office$12,000.00
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office$25,000.00
Cecil County Sheriff’s Office$23,000.00
Charles County Sheriff’s Office$92,000.00
Chesapeake Regional Safety Council$300,839.00
Cheverly Police Department$6,000.00
City of Bowie Police Department$4,000.00
City of Hyattsville Police Department$6,000.00
Cumberland Police Department$3,000.00
Denton Police Department$3,960.00
Easton Police Department$18,000.00
Elkton Police Department$8,000.00
Frederick Bicycle Coalition$3,700.00
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office$2,000.00
Frederick Police Department$40,000.00
Frostburg State University Police Department$2,000.00
Fruitland Police Department$4,000.00
Gaithersburg Police Department$25,000.00
Garrett County Commissioners Office$6,000.00
Governor’s Highway Safety Association$98,773.30
Greenbelt Police Department$31,000.00
Hagerstown Police Department$14,000.00
Hampstead Police Department$4,000.00
Hancock Police Department$1,000.00
Harford County Sheriff’s Office$73,000.00
Havre de Grace Police Department$4,000.00
Howard Co Police Department$76,000.00
Kent County Sheriff’s Office$9,945.00
La Plata Police Department$10,000.00
Laurel Police Department$27,000.00
Maryland Chiefs of Police Association$132,710.00
Maryland Department of Health$258,255.39
Maryland Institute College of Art$43,512.00
Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems$99,938.85
Maryland Judiciary – DUI Courts$66,399
Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration$16,952.70
Maryland Municipal League$4,500.00
Maryland Sheriff’s Association$17,710.00
Maryland State Police – Drug Recognition Expert Program$129,150.80
Maryland State Police – mobile Breath Testing Vehicle$36,600.00
Maryland State Police – SPIDRE DUI Team$782,450.28
Maryland State Police – Statewide Enforcement$796,110.52
Maryland State’s Attorneys Association$192,315.20
Maryland Transportation Authority Police$151,000.00
Montgomery County Police Department$228,500.00
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office$7,500.00
Morgan State University$54,360.00
Mt. Airy Police Department$2,000.00
Ocean City Police Department$30,019.00
Ocean Pines Police Department$2,000.00
Partners In Care$26,019.93
Pocomoke City Police Department$4,499.75
Prince George’s Co Police Department$252,400.00
Prince George’s County Police Department$32,000.00
Princess Anne Police Department$7,494.85
Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office$9,000.00
Riverdale Park Police Department$9,000.00
Rockville Police Department$25,000.00
Salisbury Police Department$18,500.00
Somerset County Sheriff’s Office$3,000.00
St. Mary’s County DUI Court$21,194.80
St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office$42,500.00
Statewide Traffic Safety Initiatives$4,681,660.78
Sykesville Freedom Police Department$6,860.00
Sykesville Police Department$4,000.00
Talbot County Sheriff’s Office$4,000.00
Taneytown Police Department$4,000.00
University of Baltimore Police Department$6,000.00
University of Maryland College Park Police Department$14,000.00
University of Maryland National Studies Center$523,805.78
Washington College$503,321.49
Washington Council of Governments$250,000.00
Washington County Sheriff’s Office$39,000.00
Washington Regional Alcohol Program$382,918.40
Westminster Police Department$6,000.00
Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office$8,000.00
Worcester County Health Department$3,589.30
Worcester County Sheriff’s Office$1,999.50
Wor-Wic Community College$9,612.00
Total$11,999,056.62

Remnants of Florence cause mudslide, closed roads

Hurricane FlorenceThe remnants of Hurricane Florence began pushing through the Nottingham area in the wee hours on Tuesday.

Thunderstorms and heavy rains were reported in many areas overnight.

At about 3:30 a.m., the Baltimore County Fire Department reported that a vehicle had become submerged in flood waters at Pulaski Highway and Philadelphia Road in Rosedale.  The vehicle was unoccupied.

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At about 5 a.m., the State Highway Administration reported that Route 43 had been shut down at US-1 due to a mudslide.  Other local roadways also had to be closed overnight.  They have all since been reopened.

The National Weather Service says another round of storms will likely move through the area on Tuesday afternoon.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the Nottingham area until 6 p.m.

Water main break leaves Overlea High School without service

Water Main BreakA major water main break is affecting the Overlea area on Tuesday morning.

The Department of Public Works reports that a twelve-inch main has ruptured at Overlea High School in the 5400-block of Kenwood Avenue.

Eighty residents, nine fire hydrants, and the high school are all without water at this hour.

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The roadway in front of Overlea High School has been closed. The high school itself will also be closed on Tuesday.

Motorists should use an alternate route.

Maryland State Police to conduct sobriety checkpoint in Harford County

DUI Driving Checkpoint PoliceOn Friday, September 21, 2018, Maryland State Police have announced that they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Harford County.

The goal will be to locate impaired drivers and to promote public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

Troopers have investigated over 60 collisions this year in which a driver was under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both.

Drivers caught driving impaired can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to include jail time, fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspensions, and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.

Police have not given a specific location for the checkpoint.

Pair of overnight crashes reported along Route 40

CrashEmergency personnel responded to a pair of overnight crashes along Route 40 in White Marsh.

The White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company reported that the first crash occurred at about 1 a.m. at the intersection of Pulaski Highway and White Boulevard.  There, a vehicle had reportedly gone off the roadway and into the woods.

The second crash occurred at just after 6 a.m. at the intersection of Pulaski Highway at Days Cove Road.

There has been no update on any injuries.