Use of seat belts by student drivers focus of state police effort in Carroll

September 07, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

Troopers on routine patrols at and near Carroll County high schools will watch for student drivers not wearing seat belts, state police say.

The emphasis on young seat-belt violators complements school security initiatives and is aimed at preventing needless deaths and injuries on county highways, said 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson, who oversees the resident trooper program under Lt. Terry Katz, Westminster barracks commander.

"Four teens have died in a little more than a year in Carroll County, and wearing seat belts may have prevented those deaths," Richardson said.

FOR THE RECORD - An article about a crackdown on teen-agers who don't use seat belts in yesterday's Carroll County edition of The Sun should have said Edward R. Harrison Jr., 19, of Woodbine died five days after being critically injured in a July 14 traffic accident in Mount Airy. The Sun regrets the error.

The most recent to be killed was Braden D. Mann, 18, of Westminster, one of three passengers in a car that collided with another on Route 27 in Mount Airy. Two passengers, Cara A. Petroski of Mount Airy and Edward R. Harrison Jr., 19, of Woodbine were critically injured. None was wearing a seat belt.

The driver, Kara E. Rogers, 18, of Westminster, who was wearing a seat belt, was released the same day after being treated at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, state police said.

Passenger Casey Lynn Carpenter, 14, died Feb. 14 after being ejected from a car that struck a metal mail box on Bartholow Road and overturned several times.

In June 1998, teen-age cousins Jill Peay, 15, of Sykesville and Jessica Harley, 16, of Shady Side in Anne Arundel County were killed when a car in which they were passengers crashed on Monroe Avenue in Eldersburg.

"We're concerned about more and more young drivers not wearing seat belts," said Richardson.

Pub Date: 9/07/99

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