Accident victim seeks retesting law for driversANNAPOLIS...

LEGISLATIVE BRIEFS

February 17, 1994

ANNAPOLIS — Accident victim seeks retesting law for drivers

ANNAPOLIS -- A Finksburg man who was injured in a road accident last year told lawmakers yesterday that the state should retest any driver who causes an accident that results in the hospitalization of another person.

William James Meyer of the 2600 block of Sunset Lane testified before the House Commerce and Government Matters Committee in support of House Bill 702, which he asked Del. Richard N. Dixon, a Carroll Democrat, to introduce.

Mr. Meyer and his wife, Robin Lynn Meyer, were taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after they were injured in a March 7 accident in Baltimore County. The police report said a Baltimore woman, driving a 1988 Oldsmobile, made a left turn in front of the couple's motorcycle.

In August, the same woman drove into the path of a van on Route 140 just east of Westminster and was critically injured. The five people in the van were not seriously hurt.

The Motor Vehicle Administration opposed the bill and said it is redundant in terms of existing law, according to written testimony.

Current state law allows a person to report another as a "bad driver," which results in an investigation and possible retesting.

The committee will vote on the bill at a later date.

Fire police bill permits use of red lights

ANNAPOLIS

ANNAPOLIS -- Carroll County fire police should be able to use red flashing lights at accident scenes, the county state's attorney and president of Carroll's fire police association testified yesterday.

The House Commerce and Government Matters Committee heard testimony on House Bill 549, sponsored by the Carroll delegation. The measure would allow fire police, who are members of local volunteer fire companies, to use portable red lights on their vehicles when they arrive at accident scenes.

The legislature has defeated similar measures over the past several years.

State's Attorney Thomas E. Hickman said, "Those lights are much more visible than flares."

Stanley W. King of Taneytown, president of the Carroll County Fire Police Association, said, "We're out there in the middle of the night in the country. We've had plenty of close calls."

The Maryland State Police opposed the measure on the ground that the red lights might confuse the public.

The Maryland Association of Chiefs of Police asked legislators to allow the fire police to use amber lights instead of red.

The committee will vote on the bill at a later date.

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