September 30, 2012
Your article about problems Maryland drivers have had getting their licenses renewed indicated that most residents of the state already have government photo IDs ("Computer glitch shuts down MD driver's license renewal system," Sept. 26 ). This article notes that the MVA has issued driver's licenses to 4.5 million residents and MVA identification cards to another 500,000. That comes to a total of 5 million Maryland residents with government photo IDs. According to the latest population count, there are 5.8 million people living in the state, and more than 800,000 of them are under 18 and thus not eligible to vote.
June 11, 2012
Commerce Secretary John Bryson is blaming a seizure for the multiple car crashes he caused in California over the weekend. He was cited by police, according to Tribune and wire sources . Bryson, 68, allegedly hit a car stopped at a train track, got out and talked to the passengers and then hit their car again as he pulled away. He also hit another car before he was found passed out at the wheel later by police. It's unclear if he had more than one seizure or was disoriented after the first, said Dr. Gregory L. Krauss, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University who has not treated Bryson.
April 30, 2012
I flew out of a lunch meeting at Sascha's in Mount Vernon last week, ran down Centre Street in heels in the rain and rushed past co-workers in the lobby of the Sun. I hurried through the skywalk into the paper's garage, jumped in my car and turned the key to leave for an assignment in Randallstown. Then it hit like it has so many other times in the four months since I moved from South Carolina to Baltimore: I have no idea where I am going. I can drive hardly anywhere without pulling out my GPS from under the driver's seat and punching in the address.
February 21, 2012
Editor: Senate Bill 412 [requiring an election judge to establish a voter's identity by requiring the voter to present specified proof of identity] is dead on arrival. You have to remember that your bill can affect each and every voter in the State of Maryland. Where are the indigent suppose to get the 15 bucks to get a photo ID from the Motor Vehicle Administration? Where are they to get the money to purchase the proof that MVA requires? Utility bill? What utility bill? My wife's name isn't on ours.
October 9, 2011
Linda Barnes spends a good chunk of her life at the state Motor Vehicle Administration's office in Essex - far too much, in her view. "I wait 21/2 hours sometimes. There are days when it's been three hours," said the auto title agent from Perry Hall. Barnes' perception that the Essex MVA is particularly slow is validated by cold, hard statistics. According to data posted online under Gov. Martin O'Malley's StateStat program, that office is the slowest in the MVA system, with an average customer spending just over 40 minutes to wait in line and complete a transaction.
September 14, 2011
A document examiner at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in Mondawmin Mall was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday for illegally producing identification documents for foreign applicants, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Warren Hall, 48, of Pikesville, was also ordered to forfeit $40,000, prosecutors said. His alleged accomplice, Adalberto Benito Prins, who prosecutors claim acted as a translator and middle man, is a fugitive. "This type of criminal activity allows dangerous criminals to obscure their identities and cover their tracks," William Winter, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Baltimore, said in a statement.