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We are officially into winter. A little freezing rain or a slight snowfall and the streets can become ice skating rinks.

To avoid crashes this time of year, be prepared:

  • Pay attention to the weather forecast for below freezing temperatures. Evenings can become treacherous if you are not prepared for the dropping temperatures that cause an icy glaze.
  • Never pass a salt truck. Stay several car lengths behind.
  • Stay below the posted speed limit.
  • Leave ample space between yourself and the vehicle ahead of you so you have time to react.
  • Take your time when getting on and off roadway ramps as well as on bridges and overpasses. They freeze before the roadway.
  • Carry salt or cat litter in the trunk. Both can help provide traction if you get stuck on ice.
  • Of course, always wear your seatbelt. It is smart and it is the law.

The Baltimore County Police Department reminds drivers to avoid distracted driving while on the road. This includes using a cellphone to talk or text. A crash can happen while you’re looking down. It happens in the blink of an eye. Using your cellphone while driving is also against the law.

It goes without saying, aggressive driving and icy roads make a deadly combination.

Take your time, and if you don’t have to be on the road, stay off and enjoy the day.

May is a time for proms and graduations. Teens want to celebrate after working hard all year, but this can be a dangerous time if they aren’t careful.

Peer pressure can factor in when making decisions such as whether to drink and drive. Baltimore County Police hope teens will make the right decision not to drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Teenage drinking is illegal.

Anyone under 21 who purchases or possesses alcohol can be fined $500 for the first offense and $1,000 for a second offense.

Anyone under the age of 21 caught Driving Under the Influence (DUI) - alcohol in the system - risks losing the right to drive for up to one year. For a second offense, the suspension is increased to two years.

A DUI has other negative effects. There are lawyer’s fees if the teen goes to court; the cost of the DUI ticket; and the potential for a dramatic rise in the cost of insurance or loss of insurance. A DUI can also affect future college plans.

Parents risk a fine and/or jail time if they provide alcohol to minors.

The Baltimore County Police Department wants teens to enjoy this special time while acting responsibly.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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