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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 11, 2003
I RECEIVED an e-mail last week from Patricia M. of Columbia. It's one of those e-mails I love to receive. "We moved to Maryland one and a half years ago. At first we assumed it was just us who had problems adjusting to traffic in Howard County. Thanks to your column, we have learned we are not alone. Your column has become one of the best educational tools we have found," she said. Thanks, Patricia M. I've heard a lot of complaints about Maryland drivers from former out-of-staters, so you're not alone.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
The installation of steel beams across Interstate 83 for a new bridge in Baltimore County will close portions of the highway both tonight and tomorrow night, according to the State Highway Administration. The work is part of a $5.4 million project to replace the bridge carrying Middletown Road over the interstate in Parkton. Tonight, contractors will close the left lane of southbound I-83 at 7 p.m., and both lanes at 10 p.m. Traffic will be detoured onto Middletown Road then back onto I-83.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 18, 2003
OTHER VOICES of outrage have lifted up to join Patricia M.'s. She complained in last week's column about the new proposal, which passed the Maryland House of Delegates last month and is under consideration in the Senate, to make camping out in the left lane (and impeding the flow of often speeding drivers) illegal. "I've just finished your 11 March article and can't believe the intelligence of our legislators," fumed Leo Harrold. "Getting a ticket for going the speed limit in the left lane!
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
The Ravens will be keeping an eye on Oklahoma left offensive tackle Lane Johnson. He is rated the third-best at the position in the draft, and a lot of the experts have predicted he will go in the top 10 picks, but the Ravens might trade up for him at a reasonable cost. The Ravens have some options because they have 12 picks. Johnson is athletic, durable and the pro scouts like his demeanor. He plays with the nastiness of a defensive lineman. After investing so much money in quarterback Joe Flacco during the offseason, the Ravens need a top player to protect his blind side.
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March 13, 1995
Isn't it annoying when people in the left lane of the interstate of your choice drive only 50 mph?This trait especially bugs a White Marsh reader, a courier who drives a couple of hundred miles a day."I wish you would write a column, on the front page, daily, reminding people to stay out of the left lane if they're going 50," he said. Such motorists "have to be passed on the right, by the people who are doing your average speeds, and it creates a hazard."OK. Let's take this information down: Left lane . . . going 50 . . . pass on the right . . . hazard.
NEWS
February 27, 2003
The House of Delegates reversed itself yesterday and approved a bill that would require drivers in the left lane to move aside for faster motorists to pass. Under the bill, drivers who fail to yield the left lane to faster-moving vehicles could be subject to a fine and a point on their driver's licenses. The penalty would apply even to those drivers who are traveling at the speed limit. The measure failed to win the required 71 votes Tuesday, but upon reconsideration yesterday the House voted 90 to 49 to approve the bill.
FEATURES
By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder/Tribune | February 8, 1998
IF YOU DO MUCH DRIVING on our nation's highways, you've probably noticed that, more and more often, bullets are coming through your windshield.This is a common sign of Road Rage, which the opinion-makers in the news media have decided is a serious problem, currently ranking just behind global warming and several points ahead of Asia.How widespread is Road Rage?To answer that question, researchers for the National Institute of Traffic Safety recently did a study in which they drove on the interstate highway system in a specially equipped observation van. By the third day, they were deliberately running other motorists off the road.
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By Jody K. Vilschick and Jody K. Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 26, 2004
AMONG YOUR least favorite highways in Howard County are two of its busiest: U.S. 40 and Route 100. Here is what you had to say about them, in response to my request for your nominations for the worst places to drive. "How about the ongoing problem of both arrows being green at the same time," said Darry Parker. "The U-turn/Left onto Ridge Road, north (at Super Fresh and Wal-Mart) and the right turn from Ridge Road north onto U.S. 40 West. Both have the right of way (green arrow)." People get very upset with each other at that place.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
A trailer that became separated from the vehicle pulling it smashed into a jersey wall along Interstate 83 North near Northern Parkway about 10:25 a.m., closing the highway in both directions, according to Baltimore Police. The trailer came to rest partially overturned in the left lane of the highway, police said. As of about 1:30 p.m. all lanes reopened with one northbound shoulder closed. krector@baltsun.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | 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.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
A trailer that became separated from the vehicle pulling it smashed into a jersey wall along Interstate 83 North near Northern Parkway about 10:25 a.m., closing the highway in both directions, according to Baltimore Police. The trailer came to rest partially overturned in the left lane of the highway, police said. As of about 1:30 p.m. all lanes reopened with one northbound shoulder closed. krector@baltsun.com twitter.com/rectorsun
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By Michael Dresser and Michael Dresser,michael.dresser@baltsun.com | 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...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
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By MICHAEL DRESSER | 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.
FEATURES
By DAVE BARRY | October 8, 1995
My son is learning to drive. This terrifies me. He's 4 years old.Well, OK, technically he's 15. But from the perspective of the aging parent, there is no major difference between 4 and 15, except that when your child is 4, his motoring privileges are restricted to little toy Fisher-Price vehicles containing little toy Fisher-Price people who are unlikely (although I would not totally rule it out, in America) to sue you.Whereas when your child turns 15, the state of Florida lets him obtain a permit that allows him to drive an actual car on actual roads, despite the fact that you can vividly remember when he slept on "Return of the Jedi" sheets.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann and Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2000
Three people were seriously injured yesterday morning when a man driving a pickup truck collided with another pickup truck whose occupants were closing a lane of Interstate 95, causing a five-mile backup from downtown to O'Donnell Street. The accident occurred about 10: 15 a.m. in the southbound lanes of I-95, near the I-395 interchange, on an elevated section of highway. Kelly Melhem, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority police, said the accident occurred when the driver of a Ford F-150 pickup truck tried to merge from the left lane to a middle lane.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
August 15, 2005
A selection of road advisories for the Baltimore metro region. Previously listed closures still may be in effect. Closures are subject to weather conditions. Anne Arundel County 1) Bay Bridge West, lanes closed 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, reopening by 5 a.m. the next day. One lane closed 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Left lane closed at 9 a.m. Friday to permit use by eastbound traffic. 2) Md. 100 between Md. 10 and Md. 177, lane closures 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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