By Ben Weathers, Capital Gazette
Some 520 people died on Maryland roadways last year – an increase of 17.3 percent from the previous year, state transportation officials said Tuesday.
"There's no sugar coating this news and quite frankly these numbers are unacceptable," Ports said.
The state saw a 35 percent increase in traffic fatalities involving commercial vehicles and a 26 percent increase in fatalities involving young drivers, officials said.
In addition, the bicycle fatalities doubled — from five in 2014 to 10 last year, officials said.
[B' Spokes: IMHO as long as we stay below 12 cycling deaths a year, we are good. Stating this as a doubling does not do our small numbers of deaths justice.]
Anne Arundel, however, saw a slight decrease from 35 traffic deaths in 2014 to 33 last year, officials said.
Jurisdictions that saw increases in 2015:
•Baltimore City saw 39 traffic deaths, up 10.
•Baltimore County saw 65 traffic deaths, an increase of six.
•Harford County saw 22 traffic deaths, an increase of five.
•Carroll County saw 16 traffic deaths, an increase of five.
•Queen Anne's County saw six traffic deaths, an increase of three.
•Howard County saw 18 traffic deaths, an increase of two.
The increase comes even though Maryland State Police troopers conducted some 564,000 traffic stops in 2015, said Col. William Pallozzi, police superintendent.
Police continue to aggressively enforce traffic laws and seek out impaired drivers. Troopers have conducted 30,000 traffic stops in April alone, Pallozzi said.
[B' Spokes: Thank you legislature for raising the speed limit and nixing our bike safety bills! I'm sure that helped a lot. [/sarcasium] The big question is what have the county police been doing and more to the point does Baltimore even try to do traffic enforcement? And of course the Highway Safety Office and it's victim blaming safety messages has helped. [/even more sarcasium] It's going to get worce till reducing traffic deaths becomes a top priority for the police and MDOT.]