SCHOOL STARTS BACK - Be Alert!
When a school bus stops, the flashing red lights go on and the stop sign flaps come out, drivers in BOTH directions are required to stop. This is the most dangerous time with children getting on or off the bus.
It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus with its flashing red lights activated and stop arm extended.
Drivers must be patient. There is simply no room for aggressive driving around a school bus.
Realize that your commute takes longer when school is in session – allow more time.
Understand that traffic fines can be doubled in school zones – worst case scenario a ticket could cost you nearly $1,000.
Stay alert. Avoid distractions – especially mobile devices. Watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks.
And remember, Maryland law requires motorists to stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks.
Children and their parents need to review the rules of the road too.
If traveling by school bus: have a safe place to wait for the bus, away from traffic and the street, and stay away from the bus until it comes to a complete stop and the driver signals you to enter.
When walking: only cross the street at a marked crosswalk, preferably one that has a crossing guard. Before crossing a street, look left, then right, then left again. Stay alert. Follow signals.
When riding a bike, don’t ever ride your bike across an intersection. Get off and walk it across after looking both ways for oncoming traffic or waiting for a crossing signal. Children should always wear a helmet when cycling.
Stay visible – wear light and/or reflective clothing, especially when walking in the dark. .
Look out for Buses!
National Night Out 2015
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Share the Road
As the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists will be out on the road which is why May is the month for Motorcycle Safety Awareness. Share the Road. Look Twice for Motorcycles. #ridesafeMD Every year in the state of Maryland, 70 motorcyclists are killed in traffic crashes on average. An additional 1,400 riders and passengers are injured each year on motorcycles on Maryland roads. Almost half of motorcycle crashes don’t involve another vehicle, according to police crash reports, and failure to control speed and impaired riding by motorcyclists are often factors in fatal crashes. Riders can control their risk with knowledge, skills, gear and the right attitude. Motor vehicle drivers also contribute to a number of fatal motorcycle crashes each year – caused when drivers are inattentive, violate the motorcyclists' right of way or drive impaired. In a crash between a car and a motorcycle, the car driver is more likely to be at fault than the motorcyclist, according to Maryland crash data. You can save a life by looking twice for motorcyclists
Operation Hang Up
On April 30, 2015, the Princess Anne Police Department initiated operation “Hang Up”, a distracted driving enforcement initiative. This was in conjunction with NHTSA’s Distracted Driving Prevention Campaign for the month of April .
Along with the Maryland State Police Princess Anne Barrack “X”; and with the support and funding from the Maryland Highway Safety Office, this operation netted 21 Cell Phone violations and 3 miscellaneous violations in a 4 hour period. A total of 49 total violations were observed during this time frame. During this initiative officers were able to promote highway safety, as well as change behavior patterns through awareness and issuance of citations. It is through this initiative as well as similar initiatives that this agency continues the mission of the Maryland Highway Safety Office to work towards zero deaths on Maryland Highways.
Live ScanThe Princess Anne Police Department provides the service of Livescan Applicant fingerprinting to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 11am-2pm; with the exception of holidays. Fingerprint cards can no longer be processed by our agency. The Livescan Applicant Fingerprinting is a computer used to accurately obtain a criminal background check from the Central Justice Information System. Once fingerprints are obtained on the Livescan machine, images are immediately transmitted to CJIS, and results are emailed to the requesting agency; except in the cases of individual review. The Princess Anne Police Department does not conduct the criminal background investigation, nor will our agency receive the results. Appointments are recommended; and a complete application is required. Access to complete the application can be found at: https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/publicservs/docs/LiveScanPre-RegistrationApp.doc
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UPDATE on PNC Robbery...
On 5-26-15, the Princess Anne Police Department served the District Court Arrest Warrant on Michael Ryan Russell, 29, of Princess Anne Maryland in reference to the PNC Bank Robbery investigation that originated on 5-21-15. Russell was located in the West Ocean City area by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team and transported to the Salisbury Police Department where the warrant was served at by PAPD. Russell was seen by a District Court Commissioner who issued a $500,000 bond. Russell was released to the custody of the Wicomico County Detention Center.
On 5-20-15, the Princess Anne Police Department was contacted by the Maryland State Police Apprehension Team and Gang Enforcement Unit in the area of 11941 Somerset Avenue in reference to serving an outstanding warrant on Bryan Maurice Robinson, 19, of Salisbury Maryland. PAPD began a follow up investigation to a previously reported attempted murder (shooting) that occurred on 5-5-15 at the Princess Anne Townhouses located on Pine Knoll Drive. The follow up investigation involved obtaining search and seizure warrants for an apartment and a vehicle registered to Jamell S. Stanley, 24, of Princess Anne Maryland. Both Robinson and Stanley were previously observed in the area of the apartment and in the vehicle where the warrants were being obtained for. Upon executing the search and seizure warrants the following items were seized: a handgun, a shotgun, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, and $40,258.96 in US Currency. Stanley was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance-marijuana, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia, handgun in vehicle, possession of an unregistered rifle/shotgun, use of firearm in a felony crime. Stanley was seen by a District Court Commissioner who issued a $200,000.00 bond. Stanley was released into the custody of the Somerset County Detention Center. Investigation into the attempted murder is still ongoing.
(PRINCESS ANNE, Md.)-In the wake of the events in Ferguson, Missouri there has been a great deal of tension between police officers and citizens nationwide.
In Somerset County, one police department is making an effort to improve communication between law enforcement and the surrounding community.
"If there is a serious crime where some sort of weapon has been used, a lot of times we will put a NIXLE alert out," said Princess Anne Police Chief, Scott Keller.
Keller and the Princess Anne Police Department are now using this technology to keep their community informed.
"It's basically a notification that notifies you on your cell phone and through e-mail after you sign up, of anything significant that may be going on in the town," Keller continued.
Of the estimated 3,000 people living in Princess Anne Maryland, only about 100 have signed up for the free service.
Chief Keller is urging everyone in his jurisdiction to register.
"The other thing that helps us is we actually have a tips thing through NIXLE. Where the public can anonymously give us tips about anything they see," said Keller.
Princess Anne is a town steeped in history. The police department is hoping NIXLE will help thrust them into the digital age.
If you live in Princess Anne and would like to sign up for the new citizen notification service visit http://princessannepolice.com/nixleSignUp.html.
Share the Road
Operation Hang Up
PNC Bank Update
CDS Seizure Arrest
Nixle Tips and Alerts
Princess Anne Police Department - 11780 Beckford Ave, Princess Anne Maryland 21853 - 410.651.5516 office - 410.651.0027 fax