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Harford County Law Enforcement Team Up On Traffic

The year-old Harford County Traffic Task Force has lead to more than more than 6,800 traffic citations.

Harford County has a —and local law enforcement want the public to know they're taking it seriously.

A main part of their efforts include the Harford County Traffic Task Force—involving the sheriff's office, Aberdeen Police Department, , Havre de Grace Police Department and the Maryland State Police (Bel Air and JFK Barracks). While it has been in place on a trial basis for about a year, a memorandum of understanding made it official on Tuesday.

In an effort to combat the high rate of traffic fatalities and accidents in Harford County, local law enforcement formed the unofficial traffic task force in 2011 to target certain areas for enforcement and raise driver awareness.

This past spring, said the county has the fourth highest number of fatalities in the state. Since then, have been added to the deadly 2012 list.

"As leader of the Harford County's primary law enforcement agency, I feel it is my responsibility to do everything possible to provide for the public's safety.  With that in mind, traffic - particularly in light of the high fatality rates, is one of our agency's key issues being addressed at this time," Bane said in a release.

The task force has seen significant success, issuing more than 6,800 citations and making 65 through April 2012—more than double the number of citations issued by the same group between April and December 2011.

The task force focuses on areas of concern throughout the county, pooling resources to raise awareness and enforce traffic laws both large and small.

"The Harford County Traffic Task Force is an excellent way to partner with the other law enforcement agencies in our county and to show drivers that collectively we are all committed to safety on our roadways whether the enforcement action is speed management, safety belt or aggressive driving enforcement. Regardless of the type of enforcement effort or location our goal is to reduce crashes and fatalities throughout Harford County,"  Havre de Grace Police Chief Teresa Walter said in a release.

What Harford County roadways do you think are the most dangerous in Harford County? Leave a comment below.

Dan Thompson June 30, 2012 at 03:50 PM
FROM ABOVE ARTICLE FROM JESSE BANE: "As leader of the Harford County's primary law enforcement agency, I feel it is my responsibility to do everything possible to provide for the public's safety..." If that is the case, why did he wait years to address this public safety issue? http://belair.patch.com/articles/letter-gahler-addresses-county-traffic-concerns
MVPHKR June 30, 2012 at 04:07 PM
There is no evidence -- not a shred -- to show that strict traffic law enforcement lowers traffic fatality rates.
Ed July 01, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Why not start ticketing people using Handicap parking illegally. Ask for their permits. I bet they could lower Maryland's debt with just this. It's running rampant with people using them because they know they won't be caught.
Mike Tarbert July 01, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Ed, Lets start ticketing Handicap vehicles that park in Non-Handicap spaces ! We can call it a "Tax"
Eric Chairs July 01, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Honestly there are no safe roads in the county...speeding is rampant enough that when you actually do the limit you almost put yourself at risk,everyone drives in the shared turn lanes because they cant bear to wait until they are actually supposed to turn, PPl turn into any lane they wish when they make a turn at a light instead of going into the same lane there are in and then safely turning into there desired lane there is a general lack knowledge or disregard of traffic laws,ive seen ppl drive on the wrong side of the road just to get past a stooped left turning vehicle..if just surprised it isnt higher. Most of us around here drive with a scene of entitlement as if they are better then everyone else and there destination is more important then others safety.
Don July 01, 2012 at 04:00 PM
There may be no evidence that it lowers fatalities....but it would be a safe bet that if you collide at posted speed your chances of less injuries would be greater if you collided at a high rate of speed.
Patricia Cantler July 10, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I may be a little late in making a comment, however, I drive this county 8 hours a day 5 days a week. I think most of you should go back to drivers ed classes. Since when is it ok to pass someone driving the posted speed limit in a residential neighborhood? The stuff I see and deal with make me want to stop driving in this county! What gives any of you the right to endanger my life or that of other drivers cause you couldn't leave your house 5 minutes earlier and obey the laws?
mark t. ward July 23, 2012 at 02:26 PM
The police are the worst offenders of driving too fast, talking on the cell phones and going from right turn only lanes back into the straight lane just to get out in front of traffic. BUT that’s ok RIGHT???
Phil Dirt July 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I agree with Mark. I see this almost daily, and it's usually the State Police who are exercising their "do as I say, not as I do" powers.

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