Law Enforcement Officials Team Up for Zero Tolerance Week

Law Enforcement Officials Team Up for Zero Tolerance Week

"Nobody likes to get a traffic ticket but sometimes enforcement efforts that are stepped up reduce crashes and then in turn will reduce fatalities and that's our main objective," said Lt. Mike Fluharty, Maryland State Police.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - Starting on Monday, drivers can expect to see more of a police presence out on the road. Every law enforcement agency in Washington County has joined forces this week to try and reduce fatal collisions and crack down on violations.

There have been 20 fatal accidents in Washington County so far this year, and now law enforcement agencies are teaming up to try and make the roads safer.

"Our goal is to reduce traffic accidents in the city and all throughout the county and we think by partnering with other law enforcement agencies at the same time during the same week we can have a strong impact," said Chief Mark Holtzman, Hagerstown Police Department. 

It's zero tolerance week: a week long initiative to crack down on traffic violations.

"Nobody likes to get a traffic ticket but sometimes enforcement efforts that are stepped up reduce crashes and then in turn will reduce fatalities and that's our main objective," said Lt. Mike Fluharty, Maryland State Police, Hagerstown Barrack Commander.

"You know they're doing 65 -70 and by the time they try to slow down it's too late and they rear ended somebody," said Officer Kevin Brashears, Hagerstown Police Department.

Drivers can expect to see Maryland State troopers supporting local officers on the roadways, specifically between Route 40 to Interstate-70.

Officials use maps to identify hot spot areas that they're patrolling this week during the zero tolerance initiative. Officials hope that in the future they can continue these efforts on weekly and even monthly basis

"Last year we had a total of 25 in the county, and if we can keep it below that number we've obviously made some kind of positive steps toward reducing crashes but ultimately we want zero," said Lt. Fluharty.

"Traffic safety is very important," said Chief Holtzman. "It touches all of our lives, we're out on the roads everyday and if we can make the roads a little safer that's our goal."

Officers say they'll evaluate their efforts in a few months to see how effective this initiative was and a long term plan will include focusing on specific problems areas throughout the county.

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