Monday, May 13, 2013
Gaithersburg police partnered with Montgomery County and Rockville police to aggressively enforce the nighttime use of seatbelts.
Montgomery County, Gaithersburg and Rockville police issued 139 traffic citations in a Friday night sting to aggressively enforce the nighttime use of seat belts, county police announced. From about 7:30 to 11 p.m., officers were stationed at entrance and exit ramps off of Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 and observed vehicles for seat belt non-compliance and other safety violations, according to county police. The following citations were issued by police: Capt. Thomas Didone of Montgomery County police knows the vital importance of buckling up, both professionally and personally. “I’ve investigated hundreds of crashes in my career but, in 2008, tragedy hit home,” Didone said in a statement. “My son—a bright and promising teenager—was …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
"Police officers are ticketing speeders aggressively,” Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews said, according to a report by The Gazette.
Speeders beware, police are ticketing the Intercounty Connector at a high rate. Over the last three months, police officers on the ICC "issued about 10 speeding citations and warnings per day," The Gazette reported, including a total of 887 citations and warnings issued for speeding between October and December. Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews (D-Dist. 3) of Gaithersburg said he's heard from constituents that “police officers are ticketing speeders aggressively” on the ICC, according to the report. The ICC is patrolled by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, according to the report. Andrews has been vocal on ICC issues of late, calling the road overpriced and underused in December. The road's 55 mph speed limit has also …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Keep your children, pets and house safe this October 31st.
- Ben Gross
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Oct. 31 is the one day a year on which kids (and many adults) let loose and have fun – dressing up as their favorite sports and music personality, movie star or the more traditional zombies, vampires, ghouls and ghosts. The Montgomery County and Prince George’s Police Forces and Fire Departments as well as the ASPCA have issued a number of tips for keeping children, adults and even pets safe this Halloween. For trick-or-treaters: For Halloween party-goers: For pets:
Monday, September 24, 2012
New statement urges discontinuing recreational trampolines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a statement strongly discouraging the use of recreational trampolines at home. According to a Reuters article, in 1999 the AAP recommended stronger safety measure to help prevent injuries on recreation trampolines, and manufacturers responded by adding safety nets and padding. The article quoted Dr. Susannah Briskin, who helped draft the updated statement, as saying, "As best we can tell, the addition of safety nets and padding has actually not changed the injuries we have seen." Statistics cited in the article show that while from the number of injuries has been dropping – from 111,851 cases treated at ERs in 2004, to 97,908 in 2009 – Briskin cautioned that, "Even though there has been…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Drivers who pass stopped buses will face up to $250 in fines.
Drivers who don't stop for children getting off of school buses will soon face a fine of up to $250 under a law passed by the County Council on Tuesday. The council passed the measure unanimously at its Tuesday meeting, and Councilmember Valerie Ervin said it will send a clear message to drivers that Montgomery County is serious about children's safety. The bill, introduced by Ervin, does not specify a cost, fine amount or number of cameras. Instead, it authorizes Montgomery County Police to consult with the Board of Education on a plan to install cameras on certain buses. County Police Chief Thomas Manger, who joined Ervin and others at a news conference Tuesday, said there's no excuse for ignoring a school bus' stop sign and flashing …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The County Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously endorsed the idea.
Drivers who don't stop for children getting off of school buses could soon face a fine of up to $250 under a bill moving through the County Council. The council's Public Safety Committee unanimously recommended the bill at its meeting Thursday, and the issue will go before the full council as early as Feb. 7. The bill, introduced by County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, does not specify a cost, fine amount or number of cameras. Instead, it authorizes Montgomery County Police to consult with the Board of Education on a plan to install cameras on certain buses. Councilmember Phil Andrews, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said the county has issued more than 1,200 citations over the past three years for failure to stop at a bus crossing…
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Suspect may be connected to other incidents in the second district, which has seen a rash of burglaries in recent months, police say.
Montgomery County police have arrested a Washington, D.C. resident in connection with two attempted residential burglaries in Bethesda, according to a police press release. The man may be connected to other burglaries in the area, police said. The second district, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, North Bethesda and Kensington, has seen a rash of residential burglaries in recent months, Patch reported this week. William Martin Westray, 46, of the 5000 block of Jay Street in Northeast Washington, was arrested Jan. 7 and charged with two counts of attempted first degree burglary and two counts of possession of burglary tools, police said. The incidents included an attempted burglary Jan. 3 on Overhill Road in Bethesda, during which a …
Monday, January 9, 2012
24 burglaries in December and 15 in January reported in Bethesda, North Bethesda and Chevy Chase areas, according to Montgomery County police.
A rash of residential burglaries has struck the Bethesda, Chevy Chase and North Bethesda areas in December and January, according to a recent crime alert released by Montgomery County police. 24 burglaries were reported in the second district in December and 15 had been reported in January as of Jan. 5, according to the alert, sent out to residents by Dana Stroman, a county police community services officer. Seven of the burglaries may be related to a recent burglary spike in the Town of Chevy Chase, and three other burglary trends are either new or have spilled over from other districts, according to Stroman. Capt. David Falcinelli, second district commander, will brief the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board on the recent …
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
It's always challenging figuring out how much freedom to give your kids.
Shaina Adler, a 14-year-old student at Eastern Middle School and resident of West Chevy Chase, loves downtown Bethesda. She and her friends will take the school bus home on Friday afternoon, get off at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, and spend the afternoon at the movies, checking out the earrings at LuLu's, hanging out at Barnes & Noble, and in the hotter months, grabbing a shaved ice from Clayboy's. But her parents have been pretty strict about letting her out on her own after dark. The first time she was allowed to go from a movie to Barnes & Noble, instead of straight into her parents' waiting car, was Friday, March 11, which also happened to be the night of Jayna Murray's murder at the Lululemon store. For days afterward, the …
Friday, December 17, 2010
The Montgomery County Police Department offers these tips to stay safe.
With the final weekend before Christmas approaching, last minute shoppers are sure to be out in full force this week. Countywide officers are detailed to shopping areas providing high visibility, extra security, and reminders about driving and pedestrian safety. Some shopping areas, like the Chevy Chase Center in Friendship Heights, hire off-duty officers to provide extra security during the holiday season. The Montgomery County Police Department encourages shoppers to follow these tips when shopping or walking around shopping areas: The department recommends that if someone tries to rob you, don't resist and endanger your life. Report the crime as soon as possible and try to describe the attacker.