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“Move Over” Law Now In Effect

On October 1st, a newly enacted law went into effect throughout the state of Maryland.  It has been referred to as the “Move-Over” law and is designed to increase the safety of first responders stopped alongside the roadways throughout the State. 

The purpose of this law is to provide an increased layer of separation between the law enforcement officer, fire/rescue personnel, and/or motorists stopped on the shoulder of a highway.  This is accomplished by motorists either safely moving out of the travel lane next to where the emergency vehicle - operating it’s emergency lights is, or if that is not possible, to reduce their speed while passing the stopped emergency vehicle.

 

Under Transportation Article Title 21, Section 405 (e):

In Montgomery County, Ride On Is The Way To Go!

When taking public transportation throughout Montgomery County, the primary choice is Metro.  But if you are a current Metro customer who gets sick and tired of the late to non arrivals, then you should go for the reliable choice and choose Ride On. 

Ride On is Montgomery County’s alternative to Metro.  Offering similar schedules as Metro to destinations throughout the county, Ride On is not only more convenient, but gets you to your destination on time.

I really put their service to the test during the Snowpocalypse of 2010.  In the midst of the massive snowfall, I found most of their routes to be up and operating on time!  When it seemed like the competition didn’t even bother during the storm (and the massive clean up), Ride On (which often runs though residential areas) didn’t even seem to have a delay in service. 

An Interesting Metro Discovery

The other day I was in the parking lot elevator at the Grosvenor Metro when I spotted the elevator certificate above.  Seeing how it’s 2010, can anyone please explain to me why there was an elevator certificate with an expiration date of 3/25/05 displayed?  Now most of the time, there is usually something wrong with one of the two elevators that service the garage.  So you can imagine how uncomfortable I felt when I noticed the expiration date on the certificate of the one elevator that was working. 

This is yet another example of how Metro continues to receive a failing grade.  The public's safety is in the han

If You're Taking Metro In & Out of the Rockville Station, Be VERY Careful

I travel in and out of the Rockville Metro Station everyday and something that is quite startling is the subway platform.  As I stand there waiting (for days) for a train to arrive, I look down to see the platform coming apart before my very eyes.  Take a look at the pictures I snapped with my cell phone this morning.  People are stepping on that as they enter and exit the train.  I happened to step off the train one evening and stumbled because I stepped into a spot that was missing platform tiles (like the pictures below).  Now Rockville station is old and is in need of repair.  To be fair, on the weekends, they do close partial parts of the platform to take care of the much needed tile replacement.  But before they open the entire platform again, they need to make sure that the platform is safe to walk on.  Now I'm in and out of the station everyday and the platform has been looking like the pictures below for months now.

Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate

Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”