Hundreds of tickets distributed along the ICC

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

GAITHERSBURG, Md – Better be on your best behavior when driving the Intercounty Connector in Maryland. Over 300 traffic tickets are being handed out every month along the toll road that connects Gaithersburg to Laurel, according to statistics from Maryland Transportation Authority police.

Those numbers could actually get worse. Figures show that MdTA police are also issuing about 500 warnings every month on the road.

“Citations and written warnings were issued for DUI violations, speed, registration violations, seatbelt and other traffic violations,” Kelly Melham, deputy director of communications for the Maryland Transportation Authority, writes in an email. “Issuing a warning versus citation is at the officer’s discretion. Our goal is to not only address safety through enforcement, but to stress and educate drivers on the importance of safety behind the wheel.”

Between November 22, 2011 and the end of March 2012, police issued 1,258 moving citations and 1,964 warnings along the ICC.

There have been repeated calls to raise the 55 MPH speed limit on the ICC, with some saying the road’s open lanes make driving the speed limit a challenge. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley told WTOP state transportation leaders are studying that possibility.

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