June 21, 1995
It has been nearly a decade since Maryland passed its mandatory automobile seat belt law, and by now many of us think about buckling up about as much as breathing. So perhaps it seemed a little silly this week when Anne Arundel County Councilman George F. Bachman of Linthicum got an award for wearing his seat belt.On May 10, Mr. Bachman was returning from an Arundel council meeting and was almost home when a drunken driver hit his car. Thanks to persistent training by his wife and council aide, Anna, he was wearing a seat belt.
April 7, 2004
The Hampstead Police Department is participating in the 2004 Maryland Chief's Challenge, being held through June 6. The annual event is an initiative to educate the public about the importance of using seat belts and child safety seats. The challenge is co-sponsored by the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use and Maryland Highway Safety Office. The Hampstead police will be conducting belt-use surveys and establishing enforcement zones in and around town during the two-month period.
November 14, 1994
C Drivers in Carroll County, particularly those of pickup trucks, have slipped considerably in the use of seat belts, according to surveys conducted last month.Pickup truck drivers complied with the seat belt requirement only 57.4 percent of the time during the survey, compared with an 82 percent compliance rate in a survey several months ago.The surveys are an activity in the Golden Eagle Competition, and no citations were issued during the observations.The Golden Eagle Competition is a new highway safety initiative sponsored by the Maryland Association of Women Highway Safety Leaders and the State Highway Administration, according to the Carroll County Health Department.
February 20, 1995
Police monitor safety belt useWestminster police said 35 percent of the motorists in the city did not wear safety belts during an observation day at four intersections last month. More than 2,400 vehicles were checked, they said.Police said 75 percent of female drivers wore seat belts while 57 percent of male drivers wore the safety restraints. Forty-three percent of all truck drivers (pickup trucks or larger) wore the belts.Officers said 100 percent of the motorcycles riders were obeying the law and wore helmets during the safety check.
May 14, 1998
State and local officials will join law enforcement agencies today at the state police barracks in Westminster to renew a 10-year commitment to get motorists to buckle up.State and local authorities have declared May and June as Maryland Chief's Challenge months, exhorting motorists to comply with seat belt laws because statistics show that correct use of the belts reduces the risk of fatal or serious injuries."
April 30, 1998
Gov. Parris N. Glendening and three state groups will launch a program today to increase seat belt use across the state.The two-month program, called the Maryland Chiefs' Challenge because one of the three sponsoring groups is the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, was to be announced at a 9 a.m. ceremony on the State House steps facing Lawyers Mall.While the program runs, Maryland State Police and other law enforcement agencies will step up enforcement of the state's mandatory seat belt law. Program co-sponsors include the Maryland Committee for Safety Belt Use and the State Highway Administration.