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Mid-Western Region Highway Traffic Safety Task Force
Carroll, Fredrick and Howard County

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What is the Task Force?

Previously known as the C.R.A.S.H. Coalition, Carroll Resources to Advance Safer Highways, the Mid-Western Region Highway Traffic Safety Task Force is now a three county community group that works to promote traffic safety in Carroll, Frederick, and Howard Counties, Maryland. The Task Force is comprised of representatives from a variety agencies, including, but not limited to, local police and fire departments, schools, and local government departments. The Task Force is funded by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office at the Maryland State Highway Adminstration.

What does the Task Force do?

The Mid-Western Region Task Force works to promote traffic safety in the three county region. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injuries to adults and children in the United States. The Task Force works to prevent these deaths and injuries through community education and enforcement areas, not limited to: impaired driving, occupant protection, child passenger safety, young drivers, older drivers, drowsy driving, aggressive driving, speeding, bike safety, pedestrian safety, as well as variety of other topics.

The Task Force supplies grant funds to local law enforcement agencies to increase enforcement efforts in Strikepoint Strike Force (DUI enforcement), Smooth Operator Program (aggressive driving enforcement), pedestrian and motorcycle enforcement.

For more information on the Mid Western Region Task Force contact:

Julie Maione
Mid-Western Regional Traffic Safety Program (RTSP)
SHA Dayton Maintenance Shop
4401 Route 32
Dayton, Maryland 21036
P-410-531-5533 ext.118
F-410-531-3114
C-301-412-8411
jmaione@sha.state.md.us

What does the Carroll County Health Department receive funding from the Maryland Highway Safety Office to do?

The Health Department received grant funding to support Carroll County Safe Kids Day (Saturday, May 12, 2012 @ the Westminster Flower and jazz Festival), the Kids in Safety Seat car seat loaner program, Bike Safety education and the yearly Kiss Your Old Car Seat Goodbye. This program is a bounty program to collect, remove and recycle, old or damaged car seats from being used.. For more information on any of these events, please call Maggie Rauser at 410-876-4448 or email at mrauser@dhmh.state.md.us.

The Carroll County Health Department also received a small grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office do promote Designated Driver education at the September 15 & 16, 2012 Maryland Wine Festival to be held at the Carroll County Farm Museum. The Health Department and the Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County will partner with other community groups to have a designated driver booth. At the booth designated drivers will receive free water bottles throughout the day. In addition, the grant will purchase wine bags for the various local wine vendors to use throughout the two day event. The bags will remind visitors of the wine festival to “drive sober, or get pulled over”. For more information on these events, contact Kim Spangler at 410-876-4965 or email at kspangler@dhmh.state.md.us.

Additional Web Resources:

Choose Safety for Life – www.choosesafetyforlife.com

Maryland Dept. of transportation, State Highway Administration – www.sha.state.md.us

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – www.nhtsa.go