Annapolis Police Department Helps Move Maryland 'Toward Zero Deaths'
A month-long initiative aims at reducing traffic-related fatalities in the state.
During the month of August, the Annapolis Police Department (APD) is taking part in a statewide initiative that aims to significantly reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the state—toward a final goal of zero.
Traffic accidents were responsible for about 500 deaths in the state in 2010, according to an APD news release.
According to the release, the effort—Toward Zero Deaths—takes place during August because it is the deadliest month when it comes to traffic accidents, and it is a busy travel period.
“Our message as law enforcement officers is simple—slow down, drive sober and pay attention to the road and other drivers,” the release states.
As part of the initiative, the department will increase enforcement in areas with the highest rate of accidents in the city, which include Forest Drive and West Street said Maj. Scott Baker, an APD spokesman in an email.
“Our enforcement efforts will include stepped [up] enforcement of seat belt violations and sobriety check points as these are significant factors in traffic deaths,” Baker said.
According to the release, speeding, impairment and not using a seat belt are some major causes of fatal vehicle accidents.
“Of the 2,275 motor vehicle occupant deaths for the period 2005-2009, 63 percent involved speeding, impairment or lack of belt use,” the release states.