2,116 citations issued for seat belt violations

July 15, 1998

Troopers from the Westminster barracks issued more than 2,400 citations and warnings for seat belt and child safety seat violations in May and June during the Maryland Chiefs of Police Challenge, state police said yesterday.

During the campaign to crack down on seat belt violators, 2,116 tickets for seat belt violations and 75 child safety seat violations were issued, said 1st Sgt. Andy Mays, a state police spokesman. Police also issued 263 warnings, he said.

More than half of the 18 fatalities this year on Carroll County roads have occurred since May 9. The 18 fatalities equal the total for all of last year.

Many of the fatal accidents this year did not involve seat belt violations, Mays said. But investigators believe that one of two teen-age girls killed when a car hit a tree June 25 in Eldersburg would have survived if seat belts had been used, he said.

State OKs $75,000 grant for work on historic building

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has approved a Neighborhood Business Development Program grant for Westminster Town Center Corp. to begin restoration of a historic stone building.

The $75,000 grant will help replace the slate roof on the building on Liberty Street at Main Street.

The building rehabilitation will be done in three phases, the first of which includes replacing the roof and related flashing, gutters and downspouts.

The building is in Westminster's Economic Enhancement Strategy Area, as well as locally designated and state-approved revitalization areas.

Pub Date: 7/15/98

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