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

Program To Help Slow Memory Loss Available Free At Many Maryland Senior Centers

The curriculum can help slow the onset of dementia.

Alexandria, Va. (NS) – There are an estimated 10 million cases of mild cognitive impairment amongst the elderly population in the United States.

Rob Liebreich, CEO and President of Goodwin House, said many people who have mild cognitive impairment develop Alzheimer’s.

“It is not a foregone conclusion, but there’s a lot of potentiality. That means if you’ve had mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s may be coming. Alzheimer’s, as you and I know, doesn’t have any cure for it. There’s a lot of challenges emotionally and financially that come with that disease,” said Liebreich.

His organization has developed a curriculum that seniors can find for free at 49 senior centers across Maryland as well as online at strongermemory.com to help slow and even stop the onset of symptoms.

Using the Stronger Memory curriculum, a senior reads out loud and solves basic math problems for 20 to 30 minutes per day.

“Any reading material really in any language. In fact, we’ve translated Stronger Memory into Spanish already and more languages to come in the future, but really it’s any material that people can read out loud. Twenty to thirty minutes might be difficult to include in your day, but if you’re reading the newspaper, just read it out loud,” Liebreich explained.

He added that the process does take time and users typically see positive results in their memory after a month.

Two Homes In Frederick Hit By Bullets

No one was injured

Frederick, Md. (DG) – Two homes were struck by bullets early Friday morning in Frederick.

Frederick Police are reporting no one was injured by the incident.

Officers responded around 1 AM on May 13th to the 800 block of Jubal Way for a firearm discharge call.

Once on scene, police found numerous bullet shell casings, and two homes hit by gunfire.

Detectives responded and discovered two suspects may have fled south by foot on Jubal Way toward Waterside Drive.

Police are asking anyone with information to call 301-600-8477.

AAA: High Crude Oil Prices Mean High Gasoline Prices

High gas prices  could affect Americans’ summer vacation plans this year.

Nottingham, Md. (KM) – The question most people are asking is why are gasoline prices so high. Ragina Ali, Public and Government Affairs Manager for AAA Mid-Atlantic, says it has  to do with crude oil. “With crude  oil comprising about 50% or a little more of the cost of the gasoline, and with it continuing to trade over $100 per barrel, that is the primary cause why we’re seeing gas prices rise not only in Maryland, and in western Maryland and across the region, but across the country  as well,” she says.

As of Friday, AAA says the national average price for gasoline is $4.43 per gallon. In Maryland, it’s $4.41 per gallon; and in Frederick, it’s $4.39 per gallon.

Ali says the gas price increase started after the war between Russia and Ukraine began. But now it’s being affected by a recent announcement by the European Union. . “We have also seen that because of the recent announcement by the European Union that they may further ban Russian oil imports, those are also factors that are playing into the price of crude oil and subsequently factoring into the price of what we’re seeing at the pump,” she says.

It’s also affecting the US, even though this country doesn’t receive a lot of its oil from Russia. “The US does not rely heavily on Russia for oil. But this is a global issue, and certainly other countries, particularly many in Europe, do rely on Russian oil,”: says Ali.

She says it’s uncertain when gasoline prices will settle down, but it looks like they will continue going up even into the summer vacation period which begins in about  two weeks. “We certainly expect that some people will either decide not to go away this summer, or that they will budget differently, perhaps cut back or stay closer to home,” says Ali.

If you’re planning to go away this summer, or you need your car to get to work, school or the store, there are ways to cope with higher gasoline prices. Ali says make sure  your vehicle is well maintained, and that the  tires are properly inflated. In addition, avoid letting your vehicle idle. She says if you’re in a line at a bank or fast-food restaurant, you can save gas by turning off the engine and restarting it. She also says consolidate all your errands. In order to reduce drag on your car, remove any roof racks or rear mounted ranks, and avoid carrying heavy loads in your car.

AAA also has some features on its website to help motorists save on gasoline. There’s aaa.com\fuelfinders which locates the lowest gasoline prices in your town. There’s gasprices.aaa.com\gascostcalculator which you cam use to  budget for travel expenses. And aaa.com\mobile to help plot fuel prices along your travel route.

By Kevin McManus

More Bicyclists Expected To Be On The Roads This Week

May 16-22 is Bike to Work Week.

Baltimore, Md. (KM) – Thousands of Marylanders are expected to ride their bicycles to work this weak. May 16th through the 22nd is Bike to Work Week. “Bicycling community is an important part  of MDOT SHA’s integrated transportation network,” says Charlie Gischlar, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. “This is a perfect time to highlight the healthy commuting option.”

In 2021, more than 10,000 people registered for Bike  to Work Activities in the Baltimore- Washington metropolitan area, according to MDOT SHA.; and with more people returning to the workplace, organizers expect   an increase in participants this year.

Gischlar says if you’re planning to take your bicycle to work this week, you need to be safe. “Safety is a two-way street so we encourage bicyclists to stop at all red lights and stop signs, and ride defensively and expect the unexpected. If you can, ride with the traffic, never against it,” he says. Other safety tips include using hand signals when turning or stopping, riding in  marked bike lanes and paths when present, and wearing a correctly fitting helmet.

If you’re taking your car to work, Gischlar says keep an eye out for bicyclists. “There’s no contest between a vehicle and bicycle. So at least give them at least three feet–one yard of space–when passing. That is the law. It’s encouraged to give them more if you can, but  make sure they feel safe as well,” he says.

Motorists are also urged to yield the right of way to bicyclists  when turning right; keeping your eyes on the road and  not on the phone; and looking for bicyclists before opening a car door.

By Kevin McManus

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Event On Sat. May 21st

Citizens can safely dispose of toxic and hazardous materials.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – It’s a good time to get of some materials around your house which may be hazardous or toxic. A Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off event is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the upper parking lot of NYMEO Field at 21 Stadium Drive in Frederick.

“The hazardous waste event gives a way for residents to get rid of materials that may be a little bit toxic,” says Annmarie Creamer, Recycling Program Analyst for Frederick County’s Division of Solid Waste and Recycling. “That’s anything from fluorescent lights to leftover fuel  from last year’s lawnmower; pesticides, mothballs, pool chemicals, all sorts of things.”

Other things that will be accepted  are aerosol paints, brake fluid, flares, fungicides, rechargeable batteries (not alkaline), stains, sealants, smoke detectors, solvents and thinners.

But Creamer says there are some items which will not be accepted. “Alkaline batteries, regular old household batteries. Those are actually acceptable for regular trash disposal,” she says. “Things like paints. All it needs to be is dried up and then it can go out with the regular trash.” The other things that are not acceptable are ammunition, firearms, biomedical waste,, explosives, fire extinguishers, LED light bulbs, medicines, pressurized tanks such as those used for propane, helium or Freon, and radioactive materials. Creamer says there are other disposable options for these materials.

There are also items which are collected and recycled at no cost year round at the landfill at 9031 Reich Ford Road that will not be accepted for the Household Hazardous Waste Drop Office event.. They include lead-acid batteries, electronics, motor oil, antifreeze and vegetable oil.

You can go on line to www.FrederickCountyMD.govhazwaste to find out what is and is not accepted.

The program has been up and running for many years, and Creamer says it’s proven to be popular. “Last year, we collected 60,760 pounds of hazardous materials which is great,” Creamer says. “That means all of those things are kept out of the landfill disposal system.

If you’re coming to the Household Hazardous Drop Off event, you’re urged to use New Design Road, and not from South Market Street.

The  Household Hazardous Waste Drop Off Event is only accepting residential waste, and none from businesses and organizations.

By Kevin McManus

Faith Debate: May 15th, 2022

What’s the Bible Say About Prison

Should there be jails? What are the alternative sanctions for crime?

This is episode three of four that were recorded while live streaming. The full video is available on Rumble at the Household of Faith in Christ channel: https://rumble.com/v11pdjl-video-q-statues-and-statutes.html

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.

Find Faith Debate podcasts on your favorite streaming platform. Also, Stream, Share, Download, and Embed past shows using the WFMD “Audio Vault”.

05_13_22 Friday the 13th, Maryland Laws, Dave Serio

In this segment…

Do you have a fear of Friday the 13th?  Fortunately, there’s a pill for that. Bob and Ryan discuss some significant events that happened on this ominous day.

Also, Maryland has signed 105 bills into law. Plus, Dave Serio talks vehicle recalls.