Police, MVA deployed on Liberty Rd. 12 extra cars added to patrols BALTIMORE COUNTY

June 23, 1993|By Frank D. Roylance | Frank D. Roylance,Staff Writer

Rising crime and a high incidence of traffic accidents in the Liberty Road corridor have spurred Baltimore County police and the Motor Vehicle Administration to launch a 10 1/2 -week joint program of intensive enforcement in the area.

Starting Monday, about 40 additional county officers and MVA personnel are being deployed along Liberty Road to deter crime and to nab speeding motorists and those violating other traffic and vehicle registration laws.

"Our ultimate goal is to make the Liberty Road corridor a safer place in which to travel, live, work and shop," said county police Chief Cornelius J. Behan.

Participating officers are being drawn from the Woodlawn and Garrison precincts, which abut Liberty Road; the accident abatement and commercial vehicle safety units; Citizen Oriented Police Enforcement (COPE); auxiliary police units and the DWI Task Force.

About 12 extra patrol cars are to be on the street seven days a week during the peak accident hours of 6 a.m. to midnight.

They will join four cars normally deployed in the area by the Garrison and Woodlawn precincts, said Sgt. John T. Laing of traffic resources management.

"Despite the use of traditional enforcement methods," said Chief Behan, "traffic accidents and the fear of violent crime remain the two most primary concerns expressed to us by residents and business people in the Liberty Road area."

Police said they responded to 401 robbery calls along Liberty Road in 1992, up 21.5 percent from the previous year.

Armed robberies in retail and commercial establishments increased by 133 percent, climbing from 36 to 84 cases.

The area also includes six of the county's 25 most dangerous crossroads: Liberty Road at the intersections of St. Luke's Lane, Essex Road, Washington Avenue, Milford Mill Road, Rolling Road and Old Court Road.

Police said they have investigated 772 accidents in the corridor during the past three years.

The most frequent causes for these accidents are failure to yield the right-of-way, running red lights and failure to reduce speed at intersections, said Sgt. Laing.

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