Monday, January 28, 2013
Take a look at some items to pack in your trunk and some safe driving techniques from The Weather Channel.
One of the best tips for driving on icy roads may be—don't drive unless you have to. But if you are out in your vehicle on wintry roads, here are some tips for driving on ice and snow from The Weather Channel. It starts with your car being ready for the drive. Here's one way you can be prepared right away, by carry the following in your trunk: The Weather Channel provides information on additional items to pack and gives further details on some of the items listed above. Tips for Driving in Snow and Ice The Weather Channel gives additional details and tips, plus advice on what what to do if your rear or front wheels lock, or you get stuck out on the road.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory.
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Montgomery and Prince George's counties until 1 p.m. today. The alert calls for a mix of freezing rain, sleet and rain, with possible accumulations of less than one inch of sleet and under a tenth of an inch of ice. Temperatures are expected to stay below freezing, which can cause treacherous road conditions. In a statement released by the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) administrator Melinda B. peters urges motorists to "keep their speeds down as lighter traffic can result in increased travel speeds," and "to exercise extreme caution today." Silver Spring resident Brian McCaw was out this morning in the wintry mix. "It was a little but unexpected," said McCaw…
Sunday, September 2, 2012
From the speeders to the speed camera vandals, Maryland drivers made headlines this week.
Derailment Cost $2.2 Million, Says CSX A complete report could take an entire year, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Main Street Bustling After Train Derailment Shoppers came out to support local businesses after a week marred by tragedy. Speed Camera Vandal Apologizes, Pleads Guilty Bruce May said what he did was "very, very stupid." Columbia's Brown Shedding Stigma, May Start for Titans Wilde Lake High School grad Zach Brown may be given a starting opportunity at linebacker with the Tennessee Titans. Columbia Car Dealer Sentenced in Fraud Scheme A used car dealer used money he obtained illegally to pay for vacations, clothing, dining and entertainment, officials said. Baltimore/DC: Worst Drivers in America Find out …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
If you're traveling Labor Day Weekend or driving to college, here's what AAA says about gas prices.
Hurricane Isaac, which may hit the Gulf Coast late Tuesday or early Wednesday and has already shut down several refineries, could send gas prices up right before Labor Day weekend. But for now, it looks like Americans are still making plans to travel. The average fuel price in Columbia is $3.84 and Ellicott City is $3.77—nearly 30 cents per gallon more expensive than prices one month ago. AAA defines the Labor Day holiday weekend as starting on Thursday and ending Monday, Sept. 3. AAA projects that 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend. “In the absence of strong economic growth that might fuel a significant boost in travel volume, it is an encouraging sign that Americans …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Howard County Police will focus on traffic safety around school zones for the first couple weeks of the school year.
Students return to school on Monday, and Howard County Police will be increasing their presence around schools for the first couple weeks of the school year, according to a department press release. Officers will target drivers speeding in school zones, enforce seat belt laws and trail school buses to make sure vehicles stop when the red lights are flashing during a drop off–-a violation that can earn drivers a $570 fine. "We hope that police presence around the schools will send a message to drivers to slow down," said Police Chief William McMahon in a statement. "Students throughout the region will be walking and driving to and from school and we want to make sure every one of them arrives safely." In addition to increased patrols around…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A new survey ranks commute times nationally, including in Maryland.
Are you spending a ridiculous amount of time on the road on your way to work? Still? In 2012? A new analysis by The Business Journals could give you the answer you already know. The network of business news websites recently examined U.S. Census data from the 2009 American Community Survey and ranked commuting times nationally, including in Maryland. The result: Grand Forks, ND, emerged as the easiest medium-sized city to get around in. Nearly 70 percent of its workers take less than 15 minutes to get to work, the publication said. The commuting index was calculated this way: Cities got more points for the number of commuters who had a commute of less than 30 minutes; points were detracted from those who took longer than that. In short, …
Friday, December 23, 2011
A slightly higher percentage of Marylanders will travel for December and January holidays.
One-third of Marylanders will travel during this holiday season, the second-highest year-end travel volume for state residents in the last 10 years, but they won't be going as far, according to a statement released by AAA Mid-Atlantic. Nearly 1.9 people will travel, representing a 1.1 percent increase from the same period last year, the statement said. Thanksgiving travel was up this year, too, but only 871,000 Marylanders were projected to travel during the five-day Thanksgiving trip period. AAA Mid-Atlantic defines the end-of-year holiday travel period as Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. “While the economy is far from stellar, many Marylanders appear to be in a better financial situation this year or are willing to make the monetary sacrifice, which …
Friday, November 11, 2011
The first operation will be from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. today along Route 704.
Drivers, it’s time to buckle up, sober up and straighten up your behind-the-wheel habits in Prince George’s County. The PGPD and the Maryland State Police will comb certain parts of the county this month and next month, rooting out aggressive and impaired drivers during a project called Operation SOLO. The first operation will be from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. today along Route 704. Don’t forget—if you’ve been drinking, call a friend or a cab to pick you up. Make it your habit to put on your seatbelt as soon as you get into your car. And if you’re prone to road rage, grab one of those squishy balls with a happy face on it and squeeze away rather than blast another driver on the road.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Howard County Public Schools released a school bus driver after a disturbed grandmother of a child recorded a video of the school bus coming to an alarmingly fast stop.
- On WJZ
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Maryland has no law governing right of way when power fails and traffic lights go dark.
Hurricane Irene didn't just knock down trees and cut off power. The weekend storm that churned up the East Coast has inadvertently revealed a hole in Maryland's traffic laws, according to a regional motorist organization. Scores of intersections were left without power in the days following the weekend storm, leaving government officials to plead for motorists to treat intersections with inoperable traffic lights as four-way stops. But Maryland law does not require it. "People think we have a law but we don't," said Ragina Averella, public and government affairs manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic. "I was a (Baltimore City) police officer and I thought we had a law." Del. James Malone, chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing motor vehicles …