A police officer and a tow-truck driver were injured on June 7, shutting down the southbound lanes of Interstate 83 for two hours in busy Friday evening Baltimore traffic. The truck driver fell approximately 25 feet off the elevated Jones Falls Expressway (JFX).
According to the Federal Railroad Association (FRA), of the 631 public grade railroad crossings in Maryland, only twenty percent are gated. Most of the ungated crossing use flashing lights or bells, but about eighty have only a sign to warn drivers of possible oncoming trains.
Not all motor vehicle accidents are preventable in Baltimore. However, there are two types of accidents that are completely avoidable: drunk driving accidents and wrong-way crashes.
In response to the apparent dangers facing motorists when they drive while distracted, Maryland's General Assembly recently passed a law that strengthens its distracted driving laws.