Takoma Park Police Department Heading Toward Zero Deaths in the City of Takoma Park
Takoma Park Police Department Heading
Toward Zero Deaths in the City of Takoma Park
Aggressive traffic safety efforts aimed to cut fatalities in Maryland's deadliest month
[Takoma Park, Maryland] The Takoma Park Police Department is joining with other law enforcement agencies throughout Maryland to crack down on speeders, and impaired, distracted or aggressive drivers. Traffic safety enforcement operations are being elevated as a part of a statewide effort during the month of August called Toward Zero Deaths, a high-profile initiative to continue working toward Maryland's ultimate goal of zero traffic fatalities.
"Historically, August has proven to be the deadliest month in terms of traffic-related fatalities in Maryland,"said Chief Ronald Ricucci. "This year the public can expect an even greater police presence on
our roads, especially at night."
Between 2005 and 2009, 63 percent of the 2,275 vehicle occupant deaths involved speeding, impairment, or lack of seat belt use. There have been more traffic-related deaths in the month of August between 2001 and 2010, and night time enforcement operations are proving even more critical as enforcement operations escalate.
"Even one more death is too many,"stated Chief Ricucci. "My officers are committed to public safety, and we know that many dangerous behaviors happen at night. People are more likely to drive impaired or not wear their seat belt, and we are cracking down hard.
Highly visible traffic enforcement will be present on all roadways throughout August, beginning with Smooth Operator, the statewide aggressive driving prevention campaign. DUI and seat belt patrols, as well as DUI checkpoints will be present throughout the rest of the month as well, and Maryland's efforts are receiving the support of numerous local media outlets and statewide officials.
"The message we're sending is simple,"warned Chief Ricucci. "Slow down, drive sober, and wear your seat belt * day and night. Those that do not comply will be caught and will be given citations, fines, points, and possibly even jail time for serious offenses."
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