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December 16, 2011
The GMAC Insurance National Driver Test continues to rate Maryland a bottom-10 state for "Licensed Drivers Knowledge of Basic Road Rules. " And like Maryland, numerous Northern states, such as Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, were part of the bottom 10. Nearby Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia scored higher, and are not part of the bottom 10. To me, Maryland's problem is a culture of political stubbornness in not weeding out thousands...
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NEWS
October 3, 2014
Regarding Michael Phelps being pulled over for driving 84 mph in a 45-mph zone ( "Olympian Michael Phelps arrested for drunken driving a second time ," Sept. 30): If Mr. Phelps is sincere when he says he takes "full responsibility" for his actions and that he is "deeply sorry," he can show this dramatically - by voluntarily giving up driving motor vehicles and hiring someone who knows how to do it responsibly. Ernest F. Imhoff, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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NEWS
September 14, 2012
After reading the article "Speed cameras yield $19.2 million" (Sept. 12), I had to comment. Eighty-three speed cameras issued 480,000 speeding tickets in one year in Baltimore City. I am glad that the speed cameras are earning revenue for the city but angry that it is so much. It just shows the disregard that drivers have for the speed limits and the laws. State Del. Jill Carter was quoted as saying she gets complaints in her district about the speed cameras and that elderly ladies complain that they are getting speeding tickets.
NEWS
September 28, 2014
What do you call a person who has been granted the right to drive in Maryland, but has no legal right to stay in the United States ( "Raid spurs immigrants fear of driver's licenses ," Sept. 20)? Is he or she a semi-citizen? A second-class citizen? A quasi-citizen? If not an illegal immigrant, what would be a fair description? Decriminalized citizen? Once Maryland opted to license undocumented immigrants to drive, it was entirely predictable that federal immigration police would make use of the MVA database to weed out those drivers without papers.
NEWS
March 12, 2011
The other day I saw a woman driving with a dog on her lap; the dog was sticking his head out the window.  I thought to myself, boy that's got to be unsafe — certainly as unsafe as talking on a cell phone — and I wondered if she would get pulled over and ticketed.  Later that morning, I almost rear-ended the car in front of me after I spilled hot coffee on my lap. Unsafe?  Yep, but not illegal. And having a conversation with a passenger in my car is probably as distracting as have a conversation on my cell phone.
NEWS
December 11, 2013
So where were the snowplows and salt trucks last Sunday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., especially in Harford County and northeast Baltimore County? Major roads like Route 152, Bel Air Road, Jerusalem Road and all others were completely untouched and treacherous! Oh, that's right, all the drivers were in their Ravens Snuggies waiting for the game. What a shameful lack of response! (I won't even focus on the fact that the weather reporters got the storm completely wrong by predicting a mere 1-to-2 inches that quickly was adjusted to 3-to-5 inches - and still no plows!
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Shuttle bus drivers at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport sought to draw attention to what they say are unfair working conditions during a protest Thursday during which they drove around the airport's traffic loop "en masse. " In a statement about the protest released by the UFCW Local 1994 union, which is "standing with" the drivers despite their not being members, Patrick Benhene, a driver for 6 years, was paraphrased as saying the protest was about "giving drivers the basic tools to earn a living and do their jobs.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Yes, let's fine-tune the speed cameras ("Restoring trust in speed cameras," Dec. 10). But also, let's be honest: What underlies much of the fussing over speed cameras is that many drivers just do not want to obey the law. They apparently feel that speed limits are voluntary. Sorry, they are not. Our roads and highways are filled with reckless drivers who put themselves and the rest of us in danger. Thank goodness the speed cameras serve as a deterrent to some; to others, let them pay the fines!
NEWS
September 18, 2012
For the third day in a row The Sun has used the word "revenue" to identify the fines collected from speed- and red-light cameras ("Not so fast," Sept. 14). But these are fines, not revenue. If the city wanted revenue it could solve its budget issues simply by posting cameras along the JFX. What a windfall that would be. I do not know how your editors get around the city, but the places where I drive frequently - Northern Parkway, Charles Street, Boston Street and the JFX - have speed limits that are infrequently observed and rarely enforced.
NEWS
By Liz F. Kay | liz.kay@baltsun.com | January 24, 2010
The problem: Signs directing drivers from eastbound Interstate 695 to Interstate 95 in Rosedale are confusing. The back story: Trips to White Marsh or other points north of Baltimore shouldn't cause panic. But some drivers have been confused by the new traffic pattern from eastbound I-695 onto northbound I-95 in Rosedale. The new interchange is part of the express toll lanes project expected to be completed in late 2014. The new interchanges eliminate left exits in favor of right-hand ramps, which are the safer, more modern standard.
NEWS
By Jean Marbella and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
A Virginia man was killed Friday afternoon when his car was struck head on by another vehicle on Ridge Road in Severn, police said. Ki Sung Lee, 29, of Fredericksburg, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he died of his injuries. Shortly before 3:30 p.m., Lee was northbound on Ridge near Galetown Drive when a 2009 Audi Q7 SUV driven by a 73-year-old Hanover woman failed to negotiate a curve in the road, according to Anne Arundel County Police. The SUV crossed the centerline and struck Lee's 2004 Kia Optima, police said.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Police are investigating an alleged "bias incident" in Baltimore County on Thursday afternoon in which a driver allegedly shot a BB or airsoft gun in the direction of three pedestrians as he yelled "Jews, Jews, Jews" at them. The three males told police they were in the 6800 block of Old Pimlico Road about 5:30 p.m., near the intersection with Green Summit Road when the driver approached them, rolled down his window, held a weapon outside and yelled the taunt, police said. He then fired the weapon, which "appeared to be some type of BB or air gun," in their direction, police said.
SPORTS
By Marissa Laliberte and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
NASCAR driver Justin Boston watched his first stock car race in Dover, Del., and he'll be returning there Saturday - this time, behind the wheel. Boston, of Sparks, made his Nationwide Series debut in the VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 last Saturday in Sparta, Ky., finishing ninth out of 40 drivers, but his second race in the top-tier minor league series will be at a location closer to his heart. "It will be really cool to run there for the first time after watching there [while] growing up," Boston said this week.
SPORTS
From Sun staff reports | September 21, 2014
Justin Boston of Sparks finished ninth in Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300, a Nationwide Series race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Boston, who qualified 12th earlier in the day, finished 5.701 seconds behind winner Brendan Gaughan. Boston, who was making his Nationwide debut for Joe Gibbs Racing, was the first Toyota driver to finish. He'll drive next weekend in the Nationwide race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. On Friday night, Boston finished ninth in the ZLOOP 150, an ARCA Racing Series event at Kentucky Speedway.
NEWS
By John Fritze and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
A recent raid at a Catonsville apartment complex has raised concerns that federal immigration agents are using Maryland motor vehicle data to locate illegal immigrants, potentially undermining a state initiative to ensure that drivers are ready for the road regardless of their citizenship status. Residents of the Melvin Park Apartments said Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled over several vehicles within a few blocks of the complex last month and asked for the registered owners by name.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | September 18, 2014
NASCAR Sparks driver Justin Boston to make Nationwide debut Justin Boston of Sparks will make his first career NASCAR Nationwide Series start in Saturday night's VisitMyrtleBeach.com 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Boston will make two starts in the No.20 Zloop Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing; he is also scheduled to start the following week at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. Boston, 25, is in his second season piloting the No.25 Toyota Camry for Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Racing Series.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Never have I agreed more with Susan Reimer than I did with her column on gas prices ("Driving force behind high gas prices: me," April 2). Has anyone ever seen more than 10 percent of cars with more than one person within and each one with an unnecessary errand? There still remains primarily one 150-pound person per 3,000-pound automobile, and they all have trouble entering the highway. They all, like I, will start a car and drive two miles just to pick up a tube of toothpaste, so why get upset?
FEATURES
By Ashley Halsey III and The Washington Post | November 17, 2009
A graphic British public service video that portrays a fatal accident caused by a texting teenage driver has been the talk of Facebook and other places where young Americans congregate, but a study suggests that it hasn't done much to change their habits. A quarter of U.S. teens say they text while driving, and almost half say they've been in cars with someone who sent text messages while behind the wheel. They say their parents are texting fanatics, too. Those findings are in a report released Monday by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.
NEWS
Allison Eatough and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
H elen Martinaitis patiently sits in the passenger seat of Jim Madachy's car as he drives away from her Columbia apartment complex. Martinaitis is on her way to an Ellicott City assisted-living center, where her husband of 63 years lives, battling dementia. “Do you have a preferred way to go?” Madachy asks Martinaitis. “No, you're driving,” Martinaitis says with a laugh. “Where'd you live before?” Madachy asks. “Connecticut,” she says.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
A 43-year-old cab driver was found shot in the head early Tuesday in Northeast Baltimore, police said. Officials said that police responding to a call of a shooting on the 4400 block of Asbury Ave., in the Belair-Edison neighborhood, around 1:41 a.m. found a Checker Cab vehicle that had been involved in a collision. Inside the car, police said, was a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The man was transported to an area hospital and is listed in critical but stable condition, police said.
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