Tuesday, January 29, 2013
A House bill that would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 mph will be introduced during the current General Assembly session, The Gazette reports.
A House bill co-sponsored by Del. Aruna Miller (D-Dist. 15) of Darnestown and Del. Neil Parrott (R-Dist. 2B) of Hagerstown could force a change in the speed limit on the Intercounty Connector, according to a report by The Gazette. The bill would raise the maximum speed limit on interstates and expressways statewide from 65 to 70 mph, according to the report, and automatically increase the ICC's speed limit from 55 to 70. Miller cited three reasons the change is necessary. “One, the posted speed limit is way too low,” she said, according to the report. “Two, the toll is way too high. And three, the enforcement is excessive.” A separate bill by Sen. Jennie Forehand (D-Dist. 17) of Rockville, would raise the speed limit on the ICC to 60, …
Monday, October 29, 2012
City, county and Red Cross officials prepare one of Montgomery County's three overnight shelters for Hurricane Sandy.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Greg Cohen
Monday, October 29, 2012
Gaithersburg City and Montgomery County officials worked quickly to set up one of three overnight shelters in the county at the Activity Center at Bohrer Park. The shelter officially opened to the public at noon but officials were in the process of setting up check-in stations and cots at 2:30 p.m. while volunteers from the Red Cross worked to unload food and other essentials for people who might be displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Mario Wawrzusin — a program administrator for the county's Department of Health and Human Services — was overseeing the set up and said the county wants to provide a safe place for anyone in the community. Wawrzusin would not speculate how many people would require the services of the shelter, but did use his …
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Keep your children, pets and house safe this October 31st.
- Ben Gross
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Oct. 31 is the one day a year on which kids (and many adults) let loose and have fun – dressing up as their favorite sports and music personality, movie star or the more traditional zombies, vampires, ghouls and ghosts. The Montgomery County and Prince George’s Police Forces and Fire Departments as well as the ASPCA have issued a number of tips for keeping children, adults and even pets safe this Halloween. For trick-or-treaters: For Halloween party-goers: For pets:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Drivers who pass stopped buses will face up to $250 in fines.
Drivers who don't stop for children getting off of school buses will soon face a fine of up to $250 under a law passed by the County Council on Tuesday. The council passed the measure unanimously at its Tuesday meeting, and Councilmember Valerie Ervin said it will send a clear message to drivers that Montgomery County is serious about children's safety. The bill, introduced by Ervin, does not specify a cost, fine amount or number of cameras. Instead, it authorizes Montgomery County Police to consult with the Board of Education on a plan to install cameras on certain buses. County Police Chief Thomas Manger, who joined Ervin and others at a news conference Tuesday, said there's no excuse for ignoring a school bus' stop sign and flashing …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
The County Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously endorsed the idea.
Drivers who don't stop for children getting off of school buses could soon face a fine of up to $250 under a bill moving through the County Council. The council's Public Safety Committee unanimously recommended the bill at its meeting Thursday, and the issue will go before the full council as early as Feb. 7. The bill, introduced by County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, does not specify a cost, fine amount or number of cameras. Instead, it authorizes Montgomery County Police to consult with the Board of Education on a plan to install cameras on certain buses. Councilmember Phil Andrews, who chairs the Public Safety Committee, said the county has issued more than 1,200 citations over the past three years for failure to stop at a bus crossing…
Monday, September 12, 2011
The man was taken to Medstar for treatment.
One man was transported to an area hospital this afternoon after receiving chemical burns at a Gaithersburg lab facility, fire and rescue officials said. Beth Anne Nesselt, a spokeswoman for County Fire and Rescue Service, said rescue workers were called to the scene in the 8500 block of Atlas Drive at 1:21 p.m. for a possible chemical burn. Nesselt did not know the chemicals that were involved. The lab is owned by Geomet Technologies, which is based in Germantown, and specialized in making hazmat suits and ensuring chemical safety, according to their website. A slogan on the front page of Geomet's website says "GEOMET is focused on protecting people, property, and the environment." The victim was burned by a flash fire, Nesselt said, and …