Tuesday, November 25, 2014

BUCKLE UP BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD THIS THANKSGIVING

(November 25, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department is joining a national effort to reach out to all Thanksgiving travelers with one important message: buckle up. Historically, Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, putting more people on the road, and unfortunately increasing the likelihood of crashes. AAA is expecting Thanksgiving holiday travel to reach the highest level since 2007 with 46.3 million Americans taking a trip this week. Each of the millions of holiday travelers can stay safe this Thanksgiving with just one simple click of a seat belt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that proper seat belt use reduces the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury by 50 percent.  In 2012, approximately 12,174 people survived crashes because they were buckled up. If everyone had worn their seat belts that year, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved. And that’s just the point of this national seat belt campaign: Buckle Up America – Every Trip, Every Time.
“More than half the drivers and passengers being killed in crashes aren’t wearing seat belts. That’s a major problem,” said Lt. Scott Harner, Commander of OCPD’s Traffic Safety Unit. In 2012, a total of 21,667 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in crashes nationwide, so that means that more than 10,000 of those occupants were not buckled up. Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 (6 p.m. Wednesday, November 21, to 5:59 a.m. Monday, November 26), a disturbing 60 percent—that is, 6 out of 10—of the passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts. At night, the statistic was even worse: 69 percent of the occupants killed at night were unbuckled.
“For those people who already buckle up every time: Thank you,” continued Lt. Harner. “For them, this campaign serves as a reminder. But for those people who still don’t buckle up for whatever reason, I want to say this: buckling your seat belt is one of the simplest, safest things you’ll ever do.”
So this Thanksgiving, and every day of the year, make sure your seat belt is buckled before you start any road trip—whether it’s one mile or a thousand.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

OCEAN CITY ON PACE FOR ANOTHER LOW IN TRAFFIC COLLISIONS

(November 17, 2014) – In 2013, Ocean City saw a remarkable 14 percent decrease in traffic collisions as compared to 2012. As 2014 draws to a close, police are optimistic for another decrease in traffic collisions but it rests largely in the hands of those traveling Ocean City roadways.

“The driver is ultimately responsible for their own safety,” stated Chief Ross Buzzuro. “If citizens choose to drink alcohol, we strongly recommend that they have a designated driver, call a cab or catch a city bus. And of course, we want everyone using a seat belt in every seat, every time they get in a vehicle.”

From 2009 to 2013 in Maryland, 856 people were killed in impaired-related crashes, accounting for a third of all traffic fatalities across the state. In addition, almost 600 people died in crashes where they were not wearing a seat belt.

“Our law enforcement partners are out there strictly enforcing our laws, particularly when it comes to impaired driving and seat belts,” said MVA Administrator and the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety, Milt Chaffee. “We are committed to our goal of moving Toward Zero Deaths on Maryland’s roads and a driver making the right choices means that we can stop needless and preventable tragedies from occurring.”

More than 400 people were arrested for DUI in Ocean City in 2013 and there were hundreds of seat belt citations issued. Penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are severe, including thousands of dollars in fines and fees, not to mention the increased risk of crashes associated with impaired driving. Drivers face fines of $83 for failing to wear a seat belt, a law that is enforceable in both the front and back seats.


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

SANTA HOUSE, OCPD TO HOLD FOOD & TOY DRIVE

(November 13, 2014) – The Ocean City Police Department will once again be partnering with the Santa House, Inc. this holiday season to provide food and toys to local Ocean City families. The Santa House is asking for unwrapped toys and monetary donations in order to provide gifts and good baskets to local families.

Unwrapped, new toys may be dropped off at the Public Safety Building, located at 6501 Coastal Highway, or any Calvin B. Taylor Bank location throughout Worcester County. All monetary donations and contributions should be directed to the Santa House, Inc. and mailed to the Santa House, Inc. at P.O. Box 14, Snow Hill, MD 21863.

For many years, the Ocean City Police Department and the Santa House, Inc. have ensured that struggling families across Worcester County were able to have a joyous holiday season. In 2013, the Santa House provided food, toys and clothes for over 50 Ocean City families and served a combined total of over 500 families throughout Worcester County.
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Friday, November 7, 2014

INVESTIGATION LEADS TO TWO ARRESTS FOR VANDALISM

(November 7, 2014) – On October 31, 2014, Ocean City police observed multiple acts of vandalism to city property in the area of 2nd Street and the boardwalk. A fire hydrant, dumpsters and railing had been marked using spray paint. Through investigation, officers were able to identify two suspects - William Kazimierz Placek, 23, of Laurel, MD and Poppy I Walker, 25, of Washington, DC. Officers also determined that the suspects were still in Ocean City.

Placek and Walker were located a short time later in the area of 112th Street and Coastal Highway after officers located a vehicle registered to Placek. Police located empty spray paint cans in the vehicle and placed Placek and Walker under arrest. Officers also located a knife in the vehicle. In addition, officers determined that Placek and Walker were responsible for three additional markings throughout Ocean City previously reported to police. While in custody at the Ocean City Public Safety Building, Placek destroyed a sprinkler head in his jail cell.

Police have charged Placek with six counts of malicious destruction of property, malicious destruction scheme and concealing a deadly weapon. Walker has been charged with one count of malicious destruction of property. Both suspects were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and released on personal recognizance.


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Friday, October 31, 2014

OCPD NARCOTICS DETECTIVES ARREST TWO FOR POSSESSING LARGE AMOUNTS OF HEROIN AND COCAINE

(October 31, 2014) – During the month of October, Ocean City Police Narcotics Unit initiated a drug investigation on a residence on the ocean block of 41stStreet. The investigations, which was initiated after a citizen tip was received reporting suspected drug activity at the residence, determined that Shakeim Fitzgerald Williams, 38, and Tiffanie Amanda Sunderland, 22, were both living in the residence.
On Friday, October 31, 2014, at approximately 12:20 a.m. members of the Ocean City Police Department Quick Response Team executed a search and seizure warrant at the residence and located Williams and Sunderland inside.
Detectives also located approximately one ounce of cocaine (street value of approximately $2,500), approximately one ounce of heroin (street value of approximately $5,000), a felony amount of marijuana, over $500 in cash and hundreds of items commonly used to package and sell controlled dangerous substances (CDS).
Williams and Sunderland were arrested at the residence without incident. Detectives have charged Williams and Sunderland with three counts of possession with intent to distribute CDS and three counts of possession of CDS. Williams was also wanted in Worcester County for failure to appear for a previous possession of CDS case. Williams and Sunderland were seen by a Maryland District Court Commissioner and have been transferred to the Worcester County Jail. Williams is being held on $125,000 bond and Sunderland is being held on $50,000 bond.
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