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Most of Maryland Under Severe Thunderstorm Watch

State Lowers Speed Limits on Highways

First responders and other vehicles will also have to abide by the 45 mph limit.

Citing wind and safety concerns, Maryland state highway officials announced that speed limits on interstates and US routes will be cut to 45 mph as Hurricane Sandy passes through the region.

According to a release from the State Highway Administration, Maryland State Police and Maryland Transportation Authority, the reduction—which is indefinite and effective immediately—also applies to police, fire crews, ambulances and utility crews.

“Lowering the speed limit is necessary since speed and high wind is a dangerous combination.  By reducing speed limit, our goal is to keep our emergency responders safe.  For all members of the general public, we can’t stress enough the importance of staying off the roads as this unprecedented storm strikes Maryland,” Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters said in the release.  “Stay home. There are more than 12,000 people responding along state and toll roadways. By staying home you allow them, utility crews and police to do their jobs.”

Earlier in the day, state officials announced closures of the Bay Bridge, Hatem bridge and Tydings bridge due to high winds.

The eye of Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall in southern New Jersey later tonight.

PerryHallParent October 31, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Yes, my spouse has and has administered CPR to a dying teen because of some idiot driving in the rain and slammed into her. She was 16 when he put her in the body bag. You really don't have a clue about anything. As far as spelling comments go, it's hard for some people to read when the grammar and spelling is so bad that you can't even understand the point someone was trying to make.
Joe October 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM
OT, you did what you accuse TO of doing don;t you? And for all we know a "A Highway Operations Technician" can be like a refuse removal engineer who rides on the back of the local trash pickup truck. That terminology requires a few more bucks an hour and a few more benies to the union negotiations.
Joe October 31, 2012 at 10:01 PM
And I forgot Other Tim, if he is who he says he is I hope to hell you don't need that "clown".
Joe October 31, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I lkie waht yu did wtih your wrods. PerryHallParent, cn yu read ths as fst as nrml?? "Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteers be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511177,00.html
Richard Hertz October 31, 2012 at 11:37 PM
@PerryHallParent: You know, we could save lives every single say, not just during a hurricane, by lowering the speed limit to 5 mph. Why do you only want to save lives during a hurricane?

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