New law for motor scooters and moped riders

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Maryland Scooter LawsThe Caroline County Sheriff's Office and local law enforcement are reminding the owners and riders of motor scooters and mopeds that a new law taking effect this year will make significant changes in the use of their chosen form of transportation. 

On October 1, 2012, new Maryland vehicle laws will take effect that require all motor scooters and mopeds to be titled and insured, while all operators and passengers must wear a helmet and eye protection.  These new requirements are in addition to the existing law that requires all motor scooter and moped operators to possess a valid driver’s license or a moped operator’s permit

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New Non-Functioning Traffic Light Law

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trafic lightThe Caroline County Sheriff's Office are reminding motorists of a new law to take effect later this year regarding actions drivers must take when approaching intersections with non-functioning traffic signals.

Beginning October 1, 2012, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection shall stop:

  • at a clearly marked stop line;
  • before entering any crosswalk; or
  • before entering the intersection.

After stopping, the driver must:

Deputy Jared Royer graduates Police Academy

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Deputy Jared Royer

Caroline County Sheriff John "Randy" Bounds and command staff joined their new Deputy in graduating ceremonies at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy. Caroline County Deputy Sheriff Jared Royer was one of eighteen law enforcement officers from Wicomico, Worcester, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne's and Garrett counties who graduated in the 68th entrance-level class of the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy (ESCJA) operated by Wor-Wic Community College.

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Caroline Sheriff's Office on the dangers of speeding

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Speeding is one of the most dangerous problems on our roads today – a factor in an estimated one-third of all crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Maryland.

10,395 people were killed nationally in speed-related crashes in 2010.

Speeding:

  • Reduces your ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway.
  • Extends the distance necessary to stop a vehicle.
  • Increases the distance you travel while you react to a dangerous situation.
  • Increases the probability of serious injury or death when involved in a crash.
  • Speed limits are designed to protect everyone – drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

Sheriff's Office Records Division Employee Receives Award

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Dawn Cordrey with her HusbandMid-Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) recently honored the volunteer attorneys who enable the organization to assist low-income residents of five Mid-Shore counties with civil legal matters. Its annual Pro Bono Awards Reception was held on October 27 at The Milestone in Easton, hosted together with Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence.

Executive Director Sandy Brown and Board President Jesse Hammock presented plaques to the Mid-Shore Pro Bono award recipients, along with citations from local legislators.

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