The eighth highway worker fatality in the past five years was the first since 2006 and one of only a few that occurred outside of a construction zone. The accident took place in the very early hours of Thursday morning, last week. Ghassen Sabra was in the left lane of Route 50, in Anne Arundel County, presumably doing roadwork when he was struck from behind by a semi truck. The truck then left the scene, leaving Sabra crumpled on the road.
A new state law could affect millions of Maryland motorists. On Thursday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed a bill that bans the use of handheld phones while driving. Beginning Oct. 1, Maryland will join a small minority of U.S. states that prohibits drivers to hold a cell phone to their ear while driving. Maryland officials and advocates believe this new law will make Maryland roadways safer and will significantly reduce the number of car accidents in the state.
One Baltimore Company is taking a proactive approach to educating Maryland teen drivers about potential road dangers and good driving habits that could avoid a car accident. Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) held an event on Saturday exposing teen drivers to road hazards they may encounter and how to safely handle these situations. This event came at a perfect time as the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that car accidents are now the leading cause of teenage death in the U.S. They estimate that more than one-third of teen fatalities are the result of car accidents.