As promised, police ticket drivers on Indian Head Highway at furious pace

WASHINGTON — Following a December crash that left three children dead, the latest in a long string of tragedies, Prince George’s County police promised more enforcement along Indian Head Highway.

Not even a month and a half into the new year, they are delivering on that pledge.

So far in 2019, the department has handed out more than 3,000 tickets along Route 210. Last year, 10,000 tickets were issues in total.

“What we really need to do is change driver behavior,” 7th District Commander Major Timothy Muldoon said at a community meeting Monday night in Fort Washington. “Warnings are great, but I don’t think anything sends a message and changes driver behavior like writing a ticket.”

A DUI checkpoint set up last Thursday on Route 210 was announced in advance, but still got results.

“In that effort they got 5 DUIs, which for a checkpoint is pretty high,” Muldoon said, adding that heavy fog forced police to shut down the checkpoint early and patrol the area in general.

Fifteen DUI arrests have been made along Indian Head Highway so far this year. Muldoon said that this week, his department is teaming up with state troopers to do some more enforcement.

“Maryland State police is going to come down and assist us with some patrols along the 210 corridor.”

Muldoon is telling officers to make their presence felt on Indian Head Highway, and write tickets. And he is joining them in the effort.

“I’ll be out there writing tickets, so if you see my black SUV don’t go zipping by it, because I have my ticket book … on my front seat,” he said.

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Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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