Maryland State Police Troopers On Extra Alert This Labor Day Weekend

Residents are expected to be traveling to their favorite vacation destinations.

Pikesville, Md (KM) The roads could get a little busy this weekend. It’s the Labor Day Holiday, which is considered the unofficial end of summer; and a lot of people will be heading out to their favorite vacation spots to enjoy that last minute of  summer fun before autumn sets in.

The Maryland State Police will have extra troopers on the roads, according to spokesman Ron Snyder. “Many of these holidays where we expect an increase in traffic, we’re going to have additional troopers focusing on enforcement efforts dealing with impaired driving, aggressive driving and distracted driving to make sure everyone gets to their location this holiday season,” he says.

There will be an emphasis to keeping the highways safe from impaired drivers. “And we have our State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort–our SPIDRE Team–will also be out this weekend, along with our troopers from the barracks. Those troopers are trained and experienced to focus predominantly on locating and arresting  impaired drivers,” says Snyder.

If you’re planning a trip this weekend, he says don’t drink and drive, and pay attention to the road up ahead. That means putting down your cell phone. It’s illegal in Maryland to drive while speaking on a hand-held phone. Motorists can use a hands-free cell phone while driving.

As you’re driving   on an interstate highway and you encounter  a motorist who is not driving safely, you can call #77 on your cell phone and notify the nearest Maryland State Police barrack.

Labor Day parties are also a very popular way to close out the summer. If you’re attending such an event, State Police urge to designate a sober driver if you plan to drink. Don’t let a friend drive drunk, and if one of the guests drives home intoxicated, call the police.

Snyder says people hosting these parties also have some responsibilities. “Have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages. Make sure there are sober drivers if people are drinking. Arrange for alternate transportation. Have people spend the night if needed. Don’t be afraid to take away someone’s keys if you think they’re driving impaired if you’re hosting a party,” he says.

Maryland State Police say if you’re hosting a party, you can be held liable if one of guests who has consumed alcohol that you served at the party end up in an impaired driving crash.

In 2019, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office says 131 people died from impaired driving crashes, and 2100 were injured. During that same year, there were 183 deaths form distracted driving crashes and 17, 660 injuries. There were also 37 deaths from aggressive driving crashes, and 1,387 injuries.

“We want people to be able to have a good time on the holiday weekend, but do so responsibly,” says Snyder.

By Kevin McManus

10_22_21 Frederick Police FOP Joins MNE

Charlie Snyder, the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 91 which represents Frederick Police officers, joined Bob and Ryan on the Morning News Express to discuss vaccine mandates. 

10_22_21 Top Headlines and Business

In ths Segment…

On Thursday, authorities confirmed the remains found in a Florida wilderness park earlier this week are those of Brian Laundrie.

Laundrie is considered a person of interest in the death of his fiancee Gabby Petito. Laundrie and Petito were on a cross-country road trip that included a visit in Colorado Springs. Laundrie returned home to Florida, and Petito didn’t.

Also…

Chris Murray stops by with the Business update

10_22_21 Baldwin Shooting Accident and Airbag Recalls

In this segment…

Alec Baldwin’s deadly filmmaking accident is reminding fans of an infamous fatal incident on the set of “Twilight Zone: The Movie” that led to criminal charges and sweeping changes in Hollywood.

Also, 

You Auto Know host Dave Serio reacts to Volvo recalling more vehicles in the United States because the airbag on the front driver’s side could explode and spray shrapnel into the interior.

Faith Debate: October 24th, 2021

Importance of Family Integration at Church

Three men pastoring house churches share thoughts on the benefits of smaller congregational settings.  How do the smaller gatherings of Christ-followers compare and contrast with the large gatherings seen all around the community?  This is Part Three of a five-part series on the topic of house churches.  All five of the shows were recorded while streaming on Facebook Live; that full video is now available on the Household of Faith in Christ YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl9aAqOploA.

The panel:

Troy Skinner.  Pastor of Household of Faith in Christ.  www.HouseholdOfFaithInChrist.com

David Forsee.  Pastor of The Church That Meets at David’s House.

Imran “Raz” Razvi.  Pastor and Founder of Conquered By Love Ministries.  www.ConqueredByLove.org

Daniel Razvi.  Pastor serving The Church That Meets at Imran’s House.

Link to Faith Debate podcasts on iTunes here.  Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault”.

Freedom To Vote Relay Makes Its Way Through Frederick County

Photo courtesy of freedomtovoterelay.org

It’s to show support for protecting voting rights.

Frederick, MD (KB) Nancy Soreng, Co-President of the League of Women Voters of Maryland, says the League is sponsoring the Freedom To Vote Relay to support voting rights.

The Relay began in West Virginia, continued through Maryland — including Frederick County — and will end on Saturday, October 23, in Washington D.C. It consists of driving, walking, running, and biking and takes place over a four-day period.

“So the purpose of this, and one of the reasons why we started in West Virginia, was Senator Joe Manchin worked with a lot of people and rewrote the For The People Act that was passed by the House of Representatives,” explained Soreng.

After some tweaks, Senator Manchin introduced the legislation to the Senate, which did not pass due to a filibuster rule.

“The prupose of this is to let our members of Congress know that passing The Freedom to Vote Act, The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and DC Statehood is something that the people want and it’s important enough to modify the filibuster rule to do that,” said Soreng.

Soreng said standing up for this legislation perfectly exemplifies the mission of the League of Women Voters.

According to the press release, listed are a few important aspects of the legislation:

  • The Freedom to Vote Act: will protect our voting rights, get big money out of politics, ensure fair voting districts, and help to create a democracy that works for all.
  • The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act: will prevent states from passing further laws to erode the freedom to vote for Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color.
  • DC Statehood: will enable the more than 700,000 residents of Washington, DC, a majority of whom are people of color, to have a voice and a true vote.

Frederick Aldermen Approve COVID-19 Vaccine Incentive Plan For Employees

But there weren’t enough votes to amend the budget to pay for it.

Frederick, Md (KM) Frederick City employees will get a one-time financial incentive to get a COVID-19 shot.  But paying for it could be a problem

On a 3-to-2 vote Thursday night, the Board of Aldermen approved a plan to give full time employees a $1,000 payment to get the vaccine; part time staff would receive $500.  By the same vote, the Aldermen approved a memorandum of understand with the Francis Scott Key Lodge #91 which gives  Frederick City Police officers  a one-time, $1,000 payment to get the COVID shots.  It also includes student officers.

But there weren’t enough votes to amend the fiscal year 2022 budget to add the $650,000 amount to pay for the program. Budget amendments need at least four votes by the Board of Aldermen to pass,  and only three voted in favor.

One of those who voted against the program was Alderman Ben MacShane, who noted that there are 50 or more city employees out in front of City Hall expressing their support for the incentive plan. “To me, that is a threat against public health. To me, that is the residents of the city being extorted. And for my vote, I’ll be damned if I support that,”: he said.

Tracy Coleman, Deputy Director of Public Works, said the city’s employees do an excellent job, and deserve some recognition. “They  have worked their tails off over the course of the last 20-months,” she said. “They do it otherwise. It doesn’t matter if there’s a pandemic. They put their heads down and they go to work. And I think they’ve done an exceptional job, and I think they continue to do an exceptional job.”

Alderwoman Donna Kuzemchak also voted “no.” She said there was no back up plan if this incentive program doesn’t encourage  enough city employees to get vaccinated. “And I don’t think that it’s inappropriate to discuss next steps as we are talking about this, ” she said. “Because as was stated, contingency plans are part of what we do.”

Alderman Derek Shackleford also brought contingency plans in his discussions with Mayor Michael O’Connor. “Where’s  the contingency plan? For you to say ‘we haven’t got that far yet.’ that’s not good enough for me to make a decision,”  Shackleford asked.

“That’s not what I said, ” O’Connor responded. “I didn’t say there isn’t a contingency plan. I said I don’t want to talk about what happens if we don’t get to 100% vaccination. I want us to get to the highest number we can.”

If this incentive plan doesn’t work, “we go to a vaccination requirement to be an employee of the City of Frederick,” Mayor O’Connor said. “I would like to not go down that road because if we want to talk about operational impacts in the organization, I don’t even want to try and predict what the outflow of employees and what that could do to the organization.”

In the end, Alderman Shackleford voted in favor of the incentive plan.

Mayor O’Connor says he will meet with the city staff, and discuss ways to pay for this program. The money would have come from the city’s share of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

By Kevin McManus

Existing Northbound Rt. 85 Ramp To Northbound I-270 To Close This Weekend

Photo Courtesy MDOT SHA

SHA says work will be done to connect the new ramp to I-270.

Frederick, Md (KM) The existing ramp from northbound Route 85 (Buckeystown Pike) to northbound I-270 will be closed this weekend.

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration says the construction of a new northbound Route 85 ramp has been completed, but work will need to take place to connect the new ramp to I-270. This will involve leveling and the laying down of some new concrete.

The closure will take place beginning at 9:00 PM on Friday. The ramp will reopen on Monday at 5:00 AM, SHA says.

As part of its work, SHA says the left lane of the southbound Route 85 ramp to northbound I-270 will also be closed during the weekend.

Motorists traveling northbound on Route 85 to northbound I-270 will be detoured to westbound I-70 to take exit 55B to northbound Route 15.

SHA says this work is part of the Route 85 and I-270 interchange project which is designed to improve safety and reduce congestion. It included the replacement of the two bridges taking I-270 over Route 85 with one span. Work is also underway on Route 85 to add a new travel lane in both directions between Spectrum Drive at the FSK Mall entrance to Crestwood Boulevard. That project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2022 at a cost of $87.7-million.

By Kevin McManus