May 22, 2012
For the rest of May, and especially over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack say they plan to be out in force on traffic details, with a special focus on people who drink and drive as well as those who aren't wearing seat belts. In a press release issued recently, the state police said they want "to remind everyone that buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a motor vehicle collision. " The enforcement effort focusing on people not wearing seat belts goes by the name "Click It or Ticket," and has been under way since the beginning of the month.
December 29, 1992
On some major measures of mortality -- cancer and inner-cit homicides -- Maryland doesn't fare well. But here is one statistic of life and death of which the state can be proud:Maryland is the leader in the continental United States in seat-belt compliance. And partly as a result of that fact, the state is en route to its lowest total of highway fatalities in nearly two decades.The lowest number of highway deaths in Maryland, 616, was recorded in 1964. We've had almost two dozen more than that to date with only three days left in the year.
December 22, 1993
It seems so elemental it shouldn't bear a reminder: People cannot fly.Motorists who are thrown from a vehicle in a crash are four times more likely to be killed than if they had remained within the car. Fortunately, millions of people have taken that fact to heart as seat belt use in the country has swelled -- especially in Maryland, which last year led the continental United States in seat-belt compliance.But folks who need a refresher on the importance of seat belts, shoulder harnesses or child safety seats should look no farther than the recent headline news involving two athletes.
March 23, 1994
Twelve people whose lives were saved or injuries greatly reduced by seat belts or child safety seats were honored with framed certificates by Lt. Roy Neigh at the Westminster state police barracks yesterday.Those honored were all drivers or passengers in vehicles involved in accidents in Carroll County within the past year, said Lieutenant Neigh, barracks commander.They are Anna Mae Warehime, Brian Keith Jones, Diana Leaman Stull, William Harry Hill, Leslie Nicol Vaselaros, Trey Miles III, Gail Lee Smith, Kimberly Freeland, Kyle Patrick Freeland, Mary Anna Phillips, Kristopher M. Phillips and Karyn E. Phillips.
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.
March 26, 1991
The city of Westminster and its police force have been recognized with a state award for promoting car seat-belt use.Westminster was one of 10 entities, as were Howard and Frederick counties, commended for their efforts by the state Department of Transportation last week.The awards, sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are open to a variety of organizations, including local governments, military bases, companies and schools, that promote seat-belt use and demonstrate the effectiveness of their program.