September 16, 2002
This summer, the Maryland Department of Transportation's State Highway Administration has highlighted its highway safety initiatives in an effort to reverse the increasing trend in traffic crash fatalities. In 2001, there were 662 traffic fatalities, up from 617 in 2000 and 598 in 1999. If these trends continue, fatalities may rise as high as 725 this year. This year, the Highway Administration has focused on the aging driver with a reminder that by staying alert and attentive, crashes can be avoided and prevented.
February 18, 2000
RANSON, W.Va. - Jefferson Memorial Hospital and Right From the Start will sponsor a free car seat safety class Thursday, Feb. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to noon and Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Crane's Meadow Apartments Community Room in Charles Town, W.Va. The law requires that from birth to 3 years of age, children have to be in a federally approved child safety seat. From 3 years old to their ninth birthday, they can be put in a seat belt, although it is recommended that children remain in some form of child restraint until they weigh 60 pounds.
March 9, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman was charged with carrying a concealed weapon Saturday night after police found a loaded pistol during a traffic stop on Third Street in Martinsburg, police said. Martinsburg City police charged Verneal Michelle Newell, 28, after police stopped her car for a vehicle equipment light violation. Police found a loaded .25 automatic pistol inside an armrest storage area between the car seats. Newell was arraigned in Berkeley County Magistrate Court and released on $157 bond.
October 18, 1998
Mom is keeping kids safe By TERRY TALBERT / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer Kim Buchanan has turned her kids into "little safety terrorists. " The 29-year-old mother of four is obsessed with preventing kids from getting hurt, and it has rubbed off on them. "We have a stick with a sign that says 'Buckle Up!' on it, and the kids hold it up in the car when we see someone without their seat belt on," she said. "I told them there are probably times when that isn't such a good thing to do. Some people get upset.
September 2, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer Community Rescue Service takes its mission of protecting children very seriously. And now the CRS ambulances are equipped to better serve those young patients. Thanks to Safe Kids of Washington County, all CRS ambulances are now equipped with five-point child safety seats, according to Brent Bankson, a CRS paramedic. The upgrade came about when Bankson called Safe Kids director Beth Kirkpatrick at Washington County Hospital. "Brent called and said he was interested in the work of Safe Kids of Washington County," Kirkpatrick said.
April 29, 1997
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