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The Baltimore County Police Department is still watching for those who choose to speed, drive aggressive or distracted. As there is less traffic on the roads because more people are heeding the advice of staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean that drivers can ignore the traffic laws.

There are still people who need to be on the road – police officers, fire fighters, medics, nurses, doctors. Don’t be a danger to others who are working tirelessly to save lives. Speeding has always been a main contributing factor to fatal crashes.

Police will stop drivers who speed and drive aggressively or distracted, and especially those under the influence. Those drivers will be ticketed!

Slow down, pay attention and think of others who are working around the clock. Drive safely to get you and others to the destination alive!

On Monday, December 18, the Baltimore County Police Department activated a new speed camera in a school zone.

The new speed camera is located at the corner of Providence Road and Southwick Drive across from Cromwell Valley Elementary School. For the first 30 days, motorists exceeding the speed limit by at least 12 mph will receive warnings rather than citations.

In compliance with state law, Baltimore County’s speed cameras operate Monday through Friday between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., including during the summer months and on weekdays when school is not in session.

Further information on the use of speed cameras in Baltimore County can be found on our website.

Over the next few days, Baltimore County Police will be patrolling area roads to keep the roads safe for everyone who ventures out this Halloween.

Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults enjoy the holiday attending parties, cookouts and bonfires. These festivities usually have one thing in common – alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks, there is something wrong and dangerous about drinking and driving.

Today there are so many ways to celebrate and stay safe on the road. Revelers, arrange for a designated driver or call on ride sharing services. So easy.

Should you chose to drink then drive, there are penalties. Should you be stopped, you will be asked to participate in a series of sobriety tests. The tests will include not only alcohol, but drug tests. Those drugs include legal prescription and/or illegal street varieties.

If you are found to be driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or both, you will be arrested.

The penalties are not worth the risk. If you drive while under the influence, you could cause an accident,you could kill yourself or, worse yet, kill innocents who are on the road.

A first offense can put you back $ 500 and a possible revocation of driving privileges for one year and 12 points on your license. It only gets worse from there. There are legal fees, loss of insurance and so many other problems just because you got behind the wheel and drove impaired. Don't do it!

Happy Halloween! Drive Sober – Drive Safe.

Revised June 27, 2017