Sheriff Recognized for Proactive Traffic Safety Initiative
Sheriff's Plan Integrates into Maryland's Overall Strategic Highway Safety Plan
[September 18, 2013, Bel Air, MD] - Harford County Sheriff, L. Jesse Bane, was recently recognized by the Maryland Highway Safety Office for his work as Chairman of the Harford County Traffic Safety Task Force, an initiative established by the Harford County Council for the purpose of identifying resources to target efforts to enforce traffic laws, reduce traffic crashes and eliminate traffic fatalities.
The award, recently presented to the Sheriff at the Maryland Sheriff's Association Conference, recognized his leadership in leading this initiative and integrating the recommendations of the task force as part of the overall objectives set forth by the Maryland Highway Safety Office's Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The goal of Maryland's Plan is to reduce motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. Additionally, it focuses on issues that cause the greatest number of traffic safety problems, as well as the geographic areas where traffic crashes are most prevalent. Like Maryland, areas on which Harford County will concentrate are distracted driving, impaired driving, aggressive driving, highway infrastructure, the wearing of seat belts and pedestrian safety.
At the request of Councilman Chad Shrodes the Harford County Council, by resolution, created the Task Force. Representatives of the Traffic Safety Task Force include the Harford County Sheriff's Office, Maryland State Police - Bel Air and JFK Barracks, and the Police Departments of Aberdeen, Bel Air, and Havre de Grace, along with representatives from Harford County government, community organizations, and community members. Task Force members studied Harford County's Traffic Safety Issues and just recently released its final report to the Council.
The Sheriff said he was honored to receive the award noting what everyone already recognizes - one traffic fatality is one too many. "We need to work together as a community to raise driver awareness and change bad driving habits", Bane said. "Traffic enforcement is a countywide issue - not the sole responsibility of any one agency. I appreciate that everyone - police, government and community members - are involved and have joined forces in this initiative. I am confident by working together we can reduce traffic injuries and eliminate traffic fatalities in Harford County," he concluded.
The Maryland Sheriff's Conference was held in Ocean City, the week of September 9-12th.