Regional Briefing

Regional Briefing

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Area Drivers Warned to Slow for Students

With 800,000 students returning to schools across the region in the next few weeks, AAA Mid-Atlantic issued its traditional plea Tuesday for safe driving in school zones, with a particular caution for Montgomery County drivers.

"This year, Maryland will expand the use of speed cameras in school zones, as many jurisdictions across the state implement automated enforcement programs to nab speeders and motorists with lead feet," said AAA Mid-Atlantic spokesman John B. Townsend II. "A national survey of speeding in school zones found that two-thirds of drivers exceed the posted speed limit during the 30-minute period before and after school."

A law to allow statewide use of speed cameras goes into effect Oct. 1 in Maryland. Montgomery County is the only area jurisdiction with speed cameras in school zones.

-- Ashley Halsey III

Water Taxis Available to Nationals Games

Water taxi service is now available to fans attending Washington Nationals game through a pier at the new $8 million Diamond Teague Park on the Anacostia River, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) announced Wednesday.

Six local charter companies will operate about a dozen vessels to the pier from locations including National Harbor in Prince George's County and Old Town Alexandria.

City officials say taxi service will be available for home games at the park and other special events. The boat operators will use a new 250-foot commercial pier that was built for boats carrying up to 149 passengers.

-- Hamil R. Harris

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