October 10, 2009
Responding to concerns from Howard County residents after a pair of well-publicized fatal crashes, the State Highway Administration said it will launch an $800,000 project Sunday to add new left-turn lanes at three intersections along Route 32 north of Interstate 70. The highway agency said it will build the new turn lanes on Maryland 32 at the intersections with Day Road, Amberwoods Way and the southern end of River Road - all of which lie between Old...
October 22, 2007
Alcohol and speed appear to have contributed to a single-vehicle crash in Linthicum early yesterday that claimed the life of a Baltimore woman, said the state police at the Glen Burnie barracks. Sudi Sharifa Smith, 25, of the 5200 block of St. Charles Ave., died in the wreck, which occurred shortly before 5 a.m. on Baltimore-Washington Expressway near West Nursery Road. Richard Rolanzo Queen, 38, of the 700 block of Peach Orchard Lane in Dundalk was driving a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban northbound in the left lane when he lost control of the vehicle and swerved off the left side of the road, police said.
September 25, 2007
THE PROBLEM -- Missing "left turn only" sign at a Baltimore County intersection. THE BACKSTORY -- Watchdog received a complaint from a motorist who frequently takes Ingleside Avenue and turns left onto Security Boulevard. She is afraid the busy crossroad is an accident waiting to happen. "Turn left, going straight will get you killed," the motorist wrote in her attention-grabbing e-mail to Watchdog. That sounds like an overstatement, but the motorist might be right. Drivers heading west on Ingleside have two options when they reach Security: go straight or right from the right-hand lane or turn left from the left lane.
April 19, 2007
Sometimes, it's an official-looking limousine that blazes by you on the highway as though you were standing still, but Lincoln Town Cars and SUVs like the 2005 Chevy Suburban that carried New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine are also common. Governor Corzine's fateful ride ended one week ago when his Suburban crashed on the Garden State Parkway and he was seriously injured. On Tuesday, officials revealed an important fact in the case: His state trooper-driven car was traveling 91 miles per hour.
February 26, 2007
They are among the most reviled figures driving our roads: those who clog the left lanes of our highways and get in the way of red-blooded Americans who just want to get somewhere fast. A reminder of this species of driver comes from reader Carl I. Thistel of Baltimore, who suggested - "as someone who is disposed to at least maintain if not slightly exceed the posted speed limit" - that this column address the subject of "left lane huggers." "From my own observations [they] fall into two basic types: the BLUENOSES who believe they have been anointed with the mission to keep traffic at or below the posted speed limit, and the OBLIVIOUS who remain steadfastly focused on where they are going and at a speed they feel comfortable with," he continued.
July 8, 2006
Harford County: Aberdeen Charges likely in bus crash Maryland State Police expect charges to be filed in connection with Wednesday's crash of a school bus on Interstate 95 near Aberdeen that resulted in the serious injury of four students, authorities said yesterday. The northbound bus was in the left lane on the highway when the northbound tractor trailer, owned by Cowan Systems in Baltimore, traveled from the center lane and ran into the right side of the bus, police said. The impact forced the bus into the center median of the highway and ultimately caused it to overturn.