On September 3, 2015 at approximately 1940 hours members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Bureau and Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the intersection of MD Route 4 and Rousby Hall Road for the report of a serious motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival units located three vehicles that were involved in a collision. One of the vehicles involved was a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle operated by Conrado Rago Fabricante Jr, a 55 year old male of Broomes Island, was traveling northbound on MD Route 4 in the area of Rousby Hall Road. The motorcycle was also occupied by a rear passenger, Lauren Shelby Pitt, a 27 year old female of Hollywood MD. As the motorcycle entered the intersection, a 2009 Jeep Wrangler operated by Joseph James Illar, a 57 year old male of Lusby, entered the intersection in an attempt to make a left turn to travel west on Rousby Hall Road and collided with the motorcycle. As a result of the collision both the operator and the rear passenger were ejected from the motorcycle. After the collision the motorcycle continued travelling west and struck a 2014 Mercedes Benz SUV, which was stopped on Rousby Hall Road waiting to turn right onto northbound MD Route 4. The Mercedes was operated by Julianne Robin Posey, a 53 year old female of Broomes Island. Subsequent to the collision with the Mercedes, the motorcycle and the Mercedes caught fire.
Fabricante and Pitt were both killed and were pronounced dead on the scene by emergency medical personnel. Illar was treated on the scene for minor injuries and was released. Posey also sustained minor injuries and was released after assessment on the scene.
At this time the causation of the collision and fault remains under investigation.
The bodies of Fabricante and Pitt were transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, MD where an autopsy will be performed.
Deputy W. Rector and other members of the Crash Reconstruction Team are conducting an investigation into the events that led up to the collision. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact Dep. Rector at 410-535-2800 or via e-mail at email@example.com
Repairs to navigational lights under the Thomas Johnson Bridge (MD 2/4) require the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA) to close a travel lane for two nights next week. Crews will close one of the two lanes and alternate traffic using a flagging operation overnight between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 10 (through Friday at 5 a.m.).
The closure allows crews to safely access the underside of the bridge. This work is weather-dependent and may be rescheduled in the event of rain or high winds. SHA asks for motorists’ patience during the flagging operation.
While SHA and its partners work hard to maintain safe traffic mobility in work zones, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don't follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For everyone!
(PIKESVILLE, MD) –With more economical gas prices this Labor Day weekend, troopers expect an increase in vehicle traffic on Maryland roads.
As Labor Day approaches, the Maryland State Police prepare statewide for an increase in traffic. Troopers remind motorists the most important objective while traveling is to arrive safely. The best ways to accomplish this are to know before you go, remove distractions from the vehicle, and never drink and drive.
Troopers will also be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement. Operations SHOWBOAT (SHOre-Wide Bullseye On Aggressive Traffic) and Millipede both will focus on aggressive driving, crash reduction, and impaired driving. Operation SHOWBOAT will concentrate its efforts on U.S. Route 50 from Anne Arundel County to Ocean City and U.S. Route 13 in Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties. Operation Millipede will focus its efforts on I-95 from the Delaware Line to the Virginia Line.
These high visibility enforcement efforts are to reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads. Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign. For additional travel information on Maryland roads, visit md511.org.
The Charles County Department of Health has scheduled the 2015 free flu vaccination clinics:
Charles County Department of Health (4545 Crain Highway, White Plains):
• Friday, Oct. 2 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. (Injectable vaccine only for senior citizens)
• Friday, Oct. 2 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Injectable vaccine only)
• Friday, Oct. 16 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Nov. 7 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 17 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Western County Family Medical Center (4375 Port Tobacco Road, Nanjemoy):
• Wednesday, Oct. 21 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Smallwood Middle School (4990 Indian Head Highway, Indian Head):
• Tuesday, Nov. 10 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Piccowaxen Middle School (12834 Rock Point Road, Newburg):
• Thursday, Nov. 12 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thomas Stone High School (3785 Leonardtown Road, Waldorf):
• Tuesday, Nov. 17 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
La Plata High School (6035 Radio Station Road, La Plata):
• Thursday, Nov. 19 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Vaccinations are available for residents six months old and older. Due to an updated formulation of the vaccine, the nasal spray vaccine will not be available for the Friday, Oct. 2 clinics.
Influenza vaccination clinics will be available for students at all Charles County Public Elementary Schools during the month of October. Parents will receive information regarding the vaccination directly from their child’s school.
Charles County Health Officer Dianna E. Abney, M.D. said, “It is important for everyone to get immunized against the flu. By doing this, you protect yourself, your family, and your community.”
Accommodations will be made for individuals with mobility problems. For information about flu preparedness, visit www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm. For additional information regarding the flu information or flu vaccinations, visit www.CharlesCountyHealth.org or call 301-609-6900. Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.
On September 2, 2015 Kathy Baker, Carol Benke, Susan Ude and Jo Ann Martin of the Republican Women of Calvert County donated an assorted variety of sports equipment to the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office. In the spring of 2015, Sheriff Mike Evans had a conversation with Betty Figgins-Hill of the Republican Women of Calvert County where he explained to her that when he was a Maryland State Trooper back in the 80’s how he would carry around a football in his police car so that when the opportunity presented itself, he would play catch with the kids in the neighborhoods where he patrolled. The Republican Women of Calvert County thought it would be a great idea to give current Sheriff’s Deputies the same opportunities to connect with the youth of Calvert County that Sheriff Evans had when he patrolled the same neighborhoods. The sports equipment will be distributed to deputies, so they will be able to keep the equipment in their vehicles and when the opportunity presents itself, they too will be able to play catch, Frisbee or soccer with any youth that they may come into contact with. In this day and age, it is important for our local law enforcement to not only engage with youth in the community, but also to foster positive relationships and memories with the youth of Calvert County.
Pictured above: Sheriff Mike Evans, Major Dave McDowell, DFC Andre Mitchell, Kathy Baker, Carol Benke, Susan Ude and Jo Ann Martin.
This morning at 7:32 a.m,. occupants at 101 Burning Bush Place, La Plata woke up to a smell of smoke and discovered the fire in the basement. 40 firefighters from La Plata VFD, Waldorf VFD, Bel Alton VFD, Potomac Heights VFD, Hughesville VFD, Marbury VFD and Newburg Volunteer Fire Departments responded had had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. The fire department was able to contain the fire to the basement but smoke and water damage was significant throughout. All occupants were able to escape without injury however, they were displaced as a result of the fire. Family members are assisting. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the estimated loss in the fire was $70,000.
Leonardtown, MD - The Commissioners of St. Mary’s County have scheduled a series of seven public hearings to gather comments about a proposal to convert to Code Home Rule form of government.
Code Home Rule is a local government option which has been part of the Maryland Constitution since 1966. Code Home Rule would not significantly change the familiar county commissioner form of government. Rather, it would authorize the Commissioners to enact local laws on a number of subjects without awaiting action by the Maryland General Assembly. Under Code Home Rule commissioners would not have the authority to enact any new taxes or regulatory fees.
Under the current system, enacting a local law could take as long as 21 months, even when the Commissioners, legislators and the public agree that a new law is a good idea. Under Code Home Rule, the Commissioners would have legislative authority throughout the year. All public hearings on legislation would be held in Leonardtown, rather than in Annapolis during winter months. Also, the public would have the right to demand a referendum on any new public local law, a right which does not presently exist. St. Mary’s County is one of only six counties in Maryland which has yet to adopt some form of home rule.
St. Mary’s County voters would have to approve a referendum to adopt Code Home Rule on the ballot in the November, 2016 general election.
The following is the list of scheduled Code Home Rule public hearings:
Thursday, September 17
Ridge Volunteer Fire Department
13820 Point Lookout Road
Ridge, MD 20680
Wednesday, October 14
Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad
23469 Rescue Lane
Hollywood, MD 20636
Tuesday, November 10
Seventh District Volunteer Fire Dept.
21660 Colton’s Point Road
Avenue, MD 20609
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Bay District Volunteer Fire Department
46900 South Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Second District Volunteer Fire Dept.
45245 Drayden Road
Valley Lee, MD 20692
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Golden Beach Volunteer Fire Department
29848 Therese Circle
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department
22733 Lawrence Avenue
Leonardtown, MD 20650
All hearings begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.
More information about Code Home Rule can be found at www.stmarysmd.com/pio/codehome.asp Questions and comments can be sent to: CodeHomeRule@stmarysmd.com.
Charles County Crime Solvers is offering a cash reward for information leading to the identity of a suspect in a burglary. On August 23 at about 11:28 p.m., an unknown male walked behind McConnell Pools in the 10500 block of McConnell Place in White Plains. He broke into the office and took a cash register which contained a small amount of money. A video surveillance camera showed the suspect as he walked behind the business. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609 - 6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. A video clip is attached.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
On September 2, 2015 at approximately 4:43 P.M., the La Plata Police Department was alerted to a threat of violence against La Plata residents that was made on social media. The agency worked with allied law enforcement agencies to establish the credibility of the threat and the identity of the individual. According to law enforcement officials, they received calls as far away as Florida warning about the tweet. The tweet read, “IM NOT GONNA STAND FOR THIS NO. MORE. TONIGHT WE PURGE! KILL ALL THE WHITE PPL IN THE TOWN OF LA PLATA. #blackLivesMatter”
The La Plata Police Department then identified the individual who tweeted the threat against La Plata residents as 20 year old Carlos Anthony Hollins of Waldorf. An arrest warrant was obtained for Threats of Mass Violence and Mr. Hollins was taken into custody without incident by the Charles County Sheriff's Office in Waldorf at 10:47 Wednesday night.
Mr. Hollins also posted on his twitter feed before being taken into custody that "ovbiously was joking lol no cops taking them serious"
Mr. Hollins appeared before a Charles County Court Commissioner at 5:50 a.m. on Thursday and received bail set at $250,000. As of press time he was still incarcerated at the Charles County Detention Center.
Carlos Anthony Hollins
Archery hunting for white-tailed deer opens statewide in Maryland on Friday, September 11, 2015 and continues through January 30, 2016.
As a reminder, there is a statewide bag limit for bucks of one per weapon season—bow, muzzleloader and firearm. Hunters in Region B have the option to take one additional bonus buck after purchasing a Bonus Antlered Deer Stamp and taking two antlerless deer. The antlerless deer bag limits differ between the two Maryland Deer Management Regions.
An antler point restriction mandates that hunters may not harvest more than two white-tailed deer within the yearly bag limit that have two or fewer points on each antler present. Any additional antlered deer taken within the legal seasons and bag limits must have at least three points on one antler. Junior Hunting License holders are exempt from the antler point restriction. Hunters in Region A may take only two antlerless deer for the license year.
Sika deer archery season is also open from September 11 through January 30 in Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The sika deer archery season bag limit is three deer with no more than one being antlered. An antlered sika is defined as a deer with at least one antler visible above the hairline.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds hunters to check-in deer taken with a long, compound or recurve bow as harvested with a vertical bow. Crossbow hunters should register their deer as taken with a crossbow. This information helps DNR biologists collect information on hunter preferences and follow trends in how deer are harvested.
There are several additional Sundays open to archery hunting in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. Several state forests have been added to the public lands designated for Sunday hunting. These, and other regulations, are included in the 2015-2016 Maryland Guide to Hunting and Trapping. Complete bag limits, season dates, registration procedures and hunting regulations are on the DNR website and in this year’s guide.
Hunters should carefully inspect all tree-stands and always wear a full-body safety harness while climbing in or out and while in the stand. DNR strongly recommends using a sliding knot, commonly known as a prussic knot, attached to a line that is secured above the stand that allows the hunter to be safely tethered to the tree as soon as they leave the ground. For more information on tree-stand safety, click here.
Hunters are encouraged to donate any extra deer they may harvest to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. The program enables hunters to take deer to cooperating butchers and processors where they can donate them free of charge. The deer are processed and the venison is made available to local food banks. Last year, the program provided more than 600,000 venison meals to food banks and other feeding efforts.
Superintendent Kimberly Hill, Sheriff Troy Berry and members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reminded St. Charles High School student drivers this morning that “We Care” about their safety and their driving.
St. Charles student drivers were greeted Sept. 2 by their principal, the superintendent and the sheriff who passed out flyers reminding the teens of driving rules and driving safety. Across the county, school resource officers also stopped and passed out safe driving flyers to student drivers.
“We care about you and we want you to drive safely,” St. Charles Principal Rick Conley told students as they drove into the parking lot. Hill reminded students of the dangers of texting and driving as she handed each student a flyer with the rules of the road. “We want you to be safe,” she told drivers.
Working together, the school system and sheriff’s office developed the We Care campaign to engage students in conversation about safe driving. We Care promotes safe driving through a series of checkpoints in school parking lots and school assemblies and other activities. “Students are at the core of the campaign’s success; they create posters, develop public service announcements and help coordinate other special events,” Berry said. Since 2008, Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) and the sheriff's office have greeted high school drivers back to school with reminders about driving safely. The program is credited with reducing teen fatalities in Charles County.
The school system and sheriff’s office plan to continue the “We Care” campaign throughout the year with various activities that keep teen driving safety in the forefront. School resource officers plan to do spot checks in school parking lots throughout the school year to ensure students are buckling up, limiting their passengers to those allowed by law and not texting or talking on cell phones while driving.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,500 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
Loren Bliss Cyr (Age 32 of Hollywood, MD) was indicted and arrested for “Possession of Oxycodone with the Intent to Distribute” and “Possession of Fentanyl” after numerous items of evidence were recovered from her home following the execution of a search and seizure warrant.
Thomas Harry Savoy Jr. (Age 54 of Mechanicsville, MD) was indicted and charged for “Manufacturing Marijuana”, following the execution of a search and seizure warrant being executed at his home.
Bridge Now Open...
According to Calvert County Sheriff's Office: The Benedict Bridge is CLOSED for repairs. Not sure how long, but we will try to let you know when the bridge is open again for traffic. But right now...The Benedict Bridge is CLOSED in both directions!
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) has been alerted to a fraud scam in which customers are asked to provide payment information in order to avoid having their electric service disconnected. According to Tom Dennison, managing director of government and public affairs, several customers have recently notified SMECO that they have received fraudulent calls from people threatening to disconnect their electric service.
SMECO warns customer-members not to provide personal financial or electric account information to unauthorized callers. Dennison said, “We continue to issue alerts when customers notify us that these scams are taking place. Not only are they a nuisance, but scam artists can steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting residents and businesses. We want to help prevent this type of crime by educating our customers whenever we hear about people being tricked out of their hard-earned money.”
Dennison added, “If customers receive a phone call from someone threatening to disconnect their power, they may hang up and call SMECO directly to check their account balance. Our contact center is open 24 hours a day, every day. SMECO’s phone number is 1-888-440-3311. The phone number is printed at the top of the bill and that’s the number customers should use to reach our contact center.” Customers should not provide Green Dot, Western Union, or Moneygram payments to callers claiming to be from SMECO.
“Customer-members should know how much they owe and when payments are due. Electric utilities follow state regulations and have set schedules for billing and payment,” Dennison explained. SMECO bills are issued monthly. Overdue amounts are identified on a customer’s bill. If payments are late, SMECO sends a pink termination notice.
• SMECO only calls customers who owe a past due balance.
• SMECO usually uses an automated phone system with a recorded message; rarely will SMECO employees make personal “collection” phone calls.
• Collection calls are made about 10 days before service is to be terminated. SMECO does not require payment at the time of the call.
• SMECO does not make collection calls or terminate service on weekends or holidays.
• If service is going to be terminated, a SMECO collector will knock on the customer’s door before turning off service.
• SMECO collectors will accept credit card payments, checks, or money orders, but they do not accept cash.
For more information about email scams, phone scams, and SMECO’s collection process, customers can visit SMECO’s website at www.smeco.coop/safety/scam-alerts.
On August 31, 2015 at 6:12 AM patrol units responded to a private residence in the 24000 block of Hollywood Rd. Hollywood, Maryland for the report of a domestic assault. Deputies determined the female victim had been assaulted by Anthony R. Rey, age 33 of Hollywood, Md. causing facial injuries to the victim. Rey was placed under arrest, transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center, charged with Assault 2nd Degree and incarcerated on a $3000 bond. Rey was later released after posting bond.
Anthony R. Rey
LEONARDTOWN, MD - Changes in the compulsory school attendance age were passed into law by the Maryland General Assembly and Governor through Senate Bill 362 in 2012. Students and parents are reminded that beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, every child residing in St. Mary’s County between the ages of 5 and 16 must attend school during the entire school year. This applies to students who turn age 16 on or after July 1, 2015. The only exceptions are students enrolled in a nonpublic school or home instruction.
This raises the drop out age to 17. The intent is to reduce the number of students dropping out of high school and increase the number of high school graduates. Many states have already increased their age of compulsory attendance to age 17 and/or age 18. Maryland will increase the age to 18 beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
Leonardtown, MD – Citizens who possess Transferable Development Rights (TDRs), and wish to sell them, may contact St. Mary's County to be placed on a list that the County maintains to be shared with individuals seeking to purchase TDRs. This service is offered by the County to facilitate the sale and purchase of development rights. It is voluntary service and is not a requirement of those owning TDRs.
Those placed on the list may be contacted periodically by County staff to verify if the TDRs are still for sale. This is to ensure the list remains current. Names and contact information will be placed on the County website so that interested parties may contact TDRs holders directly.
Because the County has no way of tracking TDR sales, the list only includes those individuals who have contacted the County and is not a complete list of all individuals who have TDRs for sale.
Interested holders of TDRs should call the county’s Agriculture Division at 240-309-4021 by September 30 to be placed on the "TDRs for Sale List."
ATV STOLEN: On Sept. 1, during the overnight hours, a black, gold and green-colored ATV was stolen from the 6900 block of Heather Drive in Bryans Road. Officer E. Chapman is investigating.
MAN CHARGED WITH POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE A CONTROLLED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE: On Aug. 31 at 11:46 a.m., officers initiated a traffic stop in the area of Flora Springs Street and Hamilton Road in Waldorf. Upon approaching the car, Officer C. Chamblee smelled a strong odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed the driver had 16 grams of marijuana, two scales and packaging materials in the car. Elijah Robinson, 18, of Waldorf, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute drugs.
SUSPICIOUS CAR LEADS TO DRUG ARREST: On Aug. 29 at 8:10 p.m., PFC D. Harrison was patrolling the 8500 block of Kingsview Drive in White Plains when he observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the neighborhood pool. PFC Harrison approached the vehicle and upon making contact with the occupants, he smelled the odor of raw marijuana. Further investigation revealed the driver, Seneca Austin Jonelis, 18, and a passenger, Antwan Darrelle McCall, 21, both of Waldorf were in possession of suspected marijuana, pills, assorted paraphernalia and cash, in amounts consistent with distribution. A 17-year-old male, who was also in the car, was in possession of marijuana. Jonelis and McCall were arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, and the teen was charged with possession of drugs and released to his parents.
SEARCH FOR FUGITIVE LEADS TO RECOVERY OF DRUGS: On Aug. 29 at 4:08 p.m., officers responded to a citizen’s call for a possible fugitive in the 19500 block of Lariat Place in Waldorf. While searching for the subject, Cpl. J. Timko came into contact with Lionell Dion Williams, 32, of Waldorf. Cpl. Timko detected a strong odor of raw marijuana and upon further investigation found more than $1,000 in cash on Williams. He also found Williams in possession of two marijuana grinders, 12 grams of marijuana, 186 Oxycodone pills, and 29 Alprazolam pills. Williams was arrested and charged with possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
CALL FOR SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY LEADS TO ARRESTS IN BURGLARY OF VACANT HOME: On Aug. 27 at 9:58 a.m., officers responded to the 4600 block of Gadwell Place in Waldorf for the report of a male and a female exiting the rear of a vacant house. A description of the subjects was broadcast and Officer E. Scuderi observed a male matching the description nearby. Officer K. Newman located the female. Both suspects were in possession of burglary tools. Tyrone Parker, 27, of La Plata and Shameka Neal, 22, of Waldorf were arrested and charged with fourth-degree burglary.
Leonardtown, MD – Sue Sabo, St. Mary’s County Director of Human Resources and Chief of Staff, has announced her intention to resign effective January 8, 2016.
Sabo has led county government’s Human Resources department since 2005, overseeing the administration of benefits, risk management, employee relations, pay and position classifications and other personnel related functions. For the past two years she has also served in a dual role as Chief of Staff and as acting County Administrator on several occasions.
“I want to thank Sue for her hard work and dedication to the county employees,” said Commissioner President Randy Guy. “Her efforts have been extraordinary and we are grateful for her efforts and service to St. Mary’s County over the past decade.”
“Sue is an exemplary professional and the consummate team player. She is the type of person you can always count on,” said County Administrator Dr. Rebecca Bridgett. “She has backed me up when needed and has been a great friend. She will be greatly missed.”
As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel its facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend to plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe. This total represents a 2% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year.
MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 7:
- William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) – more than 354,000.
- John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) – more than 448,000.
- Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) – more than 429,000.
An additional 574,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. All totals represent traffic in both directions.
The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:
Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this weekend include:
Thursday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Friday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Saturday – before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Sunday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Labor Day Monday – before 10 a.m. and after 10 p.m.
Don't Wing It. Plan Ahead!
- Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions.
- Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras at the Bay Bridge and to sign up for email alerts.
- Follow the MDTA at twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA.
- Ease your travel with E-ZPass. Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.
- Know Before You Go - view traffic cameras on MDTA roadways at mdta.maryland.gov. Call 511 or visit MD511.org for statewide travel information.
- For toll rates, visit mdta.maryland.gov and click on Toll Rate Calculator.
- I-95 Now Has a Shortcut - I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) between White Marsh and I-895 in Baltimore.
Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA's priority this holiday weekend. The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.
I-95 South of Fort McHenry Tunnel: Major roadwork is underway on I-95 in Baltimore City. Expect reduced lane widths and lane shifts along I-95 between the Fort McHenry Tunnel and Caton Avenue (Exit 50). Current traffic patterns and project details are available at i95bmore.com or use #i95bmore on Twitter. Motorists should consider the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) or the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895) if their destinations are north or south of Baltimore.
For your safety and the safety of other motorists and emergency personnel:
- Pay attention to lane markings and rumble strips on the Bay Bridge's westbound span. Lane changes between the westbound left and center lanes are prohibited for the entire span, whether or not two-way operations are in effect.
- Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
- Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-use control signals.
- Devote your full attention to driving – it is illegal to text or use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
- State law requires that every passenger in a moving vehicle be secured with a seat belt or child safety restraint.
- Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
- Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
- Keep your eyes on the road – do not sight-see.
- Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
- If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
- State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
MDTA offices will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, including the E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.