County police honor crash survivors whose seat belts helped to save them March is 'Buckle Up Month'

March 24, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

Sixteen people, including two children, were honored last night at police headquarters for wearing their safety belts -- a message police wish everyone would receive.

"This month is 'Buckle Up Month' and we hope everybody uses their seat belts," said Detective Michael Sherman, a county police spokesman. "We like to reward people who do use them in cases where they've saved someone's life or saved them from serious injury."

Chief James N. Robey presented the honorees, all survivors of vehicular accidents, with "Buckle Up" certificates.

Those awarded during the ceremony were Timothy A. McGeath, 30, of Columbia; Lanny Specht, 35, of Clarksville; George Roscoe, 51, of Glenwood; Troy Livesay, 33, of Sykesville; Howard County Police Officer Brian Fuller, 33, of Ellicott City; Kimberly Kohlhepp, 19, of Ellicott City; and Adam Long, 20, of Columbia.

Also honored were Mary Brown, 31, of Woodbine, and her daughters, Danielle, 4, and Shannon, 1; James Moore, 33, of Sykesville; Kathy Coursey, 34, of Ellicott City; Edward Coursey, 28, of Ellicott City; Megan Hartman, 11, of Ellicott City; Susannah Crawford, 23, of Columbia; and Sharon Rodriguez, 22, of Columbia.

Ms. Brown and her daughters could have been seriously injured in a crash if they weren't properly secured, police said. At about 5 p.m. Feb. 7, the Browns were traveling south on Route 94 in Lisbon when the driver of another vehicle failed to stop at a red light at Route 144. Ms.Brown and her daughters escaped without injury. The other driver was treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and was later released, police said.

In another collision, Mr. and Mrs. Coursey, both Takoma Park police officers, and their daughter, Megan, escaped serious injuries in April after an intoxicated driver collided head-on into their car on Route 108 at Mayfield Avenue in Elkridge, police said.

Last year, there were 22 traffic fatalities across the county, up from the 21 reported in 1991, police said. Eleven of the victims were not wearing a safety belt, police said.

To prevent more deaths, this month police will vigorously enforce the seat-belt and child-safety laws. They will also place electronic message boards on different county roads to remind people to buckle up, officials said.

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