State police join effort to boost highway safety


State police barracks are warning drivers to reduce speeds, increase use of seat belts and reduce driving while intoxicated.

First Sgt. Charles Mays said state police will participate in a national campaign to increase safety on highways, particularly for the rest of 1995.

With two other national agencies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is sponsoring the 1995 Chiefs' Challenge to push safety belt use, improve speed compliance and reduce the number of impaired drivers.

Several safety billboards will be in Carroll County, including one in Hampstead at Routes 30 and 88 and another in Finksburg on Route 140. The billboards and smaller posters to be distributed in convenience stores, grocery stores, bars, liquor stores and schools depict troopers from the Westminster barracks promoting an anti-drunken driving slogan.

The billboards and posters read, "Having a Drink for the Road? We'll Supply the Chaser."

Needy families may obtain child safety seats from the county Health Department, in cooperation with police.

Of 14 fatal accidents in the county this year, police listed alcohol as the primary cause of three and speed as primary cause of three, Sergeant Mays said.

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