PIKESVILLE, Md. (Jan. 15, 2009)—Maryland State Police announced today that they will begin towing abandoned vehicles beginning this weekend in an effort to help keep traffic moving smoothly during the upcoming events related to the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Beginning at midnight, Friday, January 16, Maryland state troopers will order the towing of any vehicles found abandoned along interstates or state roads within the Baltimore/Washington corridor. The authority to immediately tow the vehicles found abandoned comes under the Declaration of Emergency issued by Governor Martin OMalley. The declaration allows the state to receive federal funds to help cover the cost of inauguration-related events.
State officials are expecting an unprecedented traffic volume during President-Elect Obamas visit to Baltimore Saturday and his Inauguration on Tuesday. Vehicles abandoned along the shoulders of interstates and state highways will only add to the potential congestion and hamper law enforcement and emergency medical responses that might be needed, say authorities.
If troopers tow a vehicle from an interstate or state road, they will make every effort to notify the registered owner that the car has been towed and where it is located. If motorists do not receive a notification, they should call the Maryland State Police barracks in the county in which their vehicle was towed:
-- I-95 North of Baltimore: JFK Highway Barracks 410-537-1150
-- Harford County: Bel Air Barracks 410-879-2101
-- Baltimore County: Golden Ring Barracks 410-780-2700
-- Carroll County: Westminster Barracks 410-386-3000
-- Frederick County: Frederick Barracks 301-600-4150
-- Howard County: Waterloo Barracks 410-799-2101
-- Anne Arundel County: Glen Burnie Barracks 410-761-5130
-- Northern Prince Georges County: College Park Barracks 301-345-3101
-- Southern Prince Georges County: Forestville Barracks 301-568-8101
--Montgomery County: Rockville Barracks 301-424-2101
-- Charles County: La Plata Barracks 301-392-1200
-- Calvert County: Prince Frederick Barracks 301-855-1472