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Wednesday, September 30, 2009:
Have We Mentioned New Laws Are Coming?
Besides the texting-while-driving ban and new drunk-driving measures, a law that takes effect Thursday grants statewide authority for jurisdictions to install speed cameras near schools. Our Post colleague Ashley Halsey III reports that few communities are prepared to take advantage just yet.
Meanwhile, Mike Laris reports in this space that in Montgomery County -- the only Maryland jurisdiction where the cameras are currently legal -- the Office of Legislative Oversight dumped a truck load of data that found, among other things, that the number of crashes near camera sites dropped 28 percent.
And in the pages of The Post, Michael S. Rosenwald zooms in on the experience of Camera #2091 in Rockville.
Before moving on, here again, by popular demand, is a link to all the new laws that take effect Thursday: Click here. Drive safely.
School Progress Tripped up In MoCo, Prince George's
As Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) continues to tout the No. 1 ranking received by Maryland schools in Education Week magazine, new data concludes Montgomery and Prince George's schools made less progress than expected last year.
The Post's Nelson Hernandez reports that both counties failed to meet Maryland's standards for elementary, middle and high school students, according to state data on standardized tests. The potential implications for the two systems are very different, though.
Court Hears Racial Profiling Arguments
The state's second-highest court heard arguments Tuesday in the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union's effort to see the 9,500 pages of documents in the internal state police investigations into complaints of racial profiling. The groups contend the practice continues, reports Andrea F. Siegel in the Baltimore Sun.
The state contends that the documents are personnel records detailing individual troopers' actions. That would exempt them from public scrutiny in the Maryland public information act's balance between public and private government documents, Assistant Attorney General David R. Moore argued before the Court of Special Appeals.
September 30, 2009; 6:19 AM ET
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