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Pr. George's creates unit to focus on traffic safety

The Prince George’s County Police Department has formed a new unit that will focus exclusively on traffic enforcement, in an effort to curb the number of serious and fatal crashes in the county, authorities said Tuesday.

The Traffic Enforcement Unit will identify areas in the county in which crashes occur most frequently and beef up enforcement along those roadways, said Officer Henry Tippett, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. The unit might also work with other agencies, such as the Department of Public Works or the State Highway Administration, to recommend improvements to roadways where they are needed, Tippett said.

Last year, there were 101 fatal crashes in Prince George’s County, Tippett said. Police said in a news release that Prince George’s leads the state of Maryland in fatal crashes.

The eight officers who make up the Traffic Enforcement Unit will be pulled from each district station, where they had been doing traffic enforcement work in a decentralized way, Tippett said. They will answer to a sergeant, who will report directly to the head of the county’s Bureau of Patrol.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Pr. George's , Traffic Accidents  
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They need to focus on crime~

Posted by: Byhisgrace36 | May 25, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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