Mary State Highway 210 may add more cameras or fine | Washington News | Voice of Hope

【Voice of Hope January 13, 2023】(Voice: Qingyun/Editor: Qingyun)Program duration: 3 minutes 6 seconds

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1. Study: COVID-19 still leading cause of police deaths

Police deaths in the United States from COVID-19 have declined over the past year, but it remains the number one cause of police fatalities, according to a new study.

In 2022, 70 police officers — including one from Maryland and one from Virginia — died from contracting COVID-19 while on the job. That’s an 83% drop from the 405 police officers who died of COVID-19 in 2021, according to data compiled by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Meanwhile, 64 police officers were shot dead in the line of duty last year, the same number as in 2021. But compared to the 2010-2020 average, shooting deaths have increased 21 percent over the past two years.

An additional 56 police officers were killed in traffic-related crashes last year, down 3 percent from 58 in 2021. Meanwhile, police fatalities, which include single-vehicle accidents, vehicle collisions and motorcycle collisions, will rise 29 percent in 2022.

Overall, a total of 226 federal, state, tribal and local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in 2022, a 61 percent decrease from the 586 law enforcement fatalities in 2021.

2. More cameras or fines may be added to Highway 210 in Maryland

For years, Maryland Route 210 was considered one of the deadliest roads in the Washington area. State lawmakers have previously agreed to install three speed cameras on the highway, but more council members now want additional measures to curb speeding.

This week, Prince George’s County Council voted in favor of two bills. One is to increase the number of cameras from the current 3 to 10; the other is to increase fines according to the degree and number of speeding.

8th District Assemblyman Ed Burroughs said Route 210 is a very dangerous highway and that his district includes a long stretch, saying residents of Fort Washington “are looking for more Severe penalties to curb dangerous speed levels. I believe the goal of these bills is to save lives.”

Currently, a fixed fine of $40 is imposed regardless of the degree of speeding. But if the second bill is passed, fines of up to $530 would be imposed, depending on the degree of speeding. Additionally, there is an additional fine of $50 for a second speeding violation, $150 for a third, and up to $350 for six or more violations within any two-year period.

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