Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Police Suspend Step-Out Traffic Stops

The area papers today are carrying this Associated Press report:

"A week after a Howard police officer was fatally injured during traffic duty, Anne Arundel and Howard county police have temporarily suspended policies that call on their officers to step out of their vehicles and into traffic lanes to catch speeders.

Howard County Cpl. Scott Wheeler suffered serious head injuries June 16 when he was struck while working on a speed enforcement detail on Route 32 near Savage. He was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died.

Investigators said the driver, a 24-year-old Columbia woman, did not see Wheeler. She is cooperating with the investigation.

Anne Arundel will evaluate speed enforcement policies during the 30-day suspension. Howard police said the use of so-called 'stop teams' would be halted until a review of the practice is complete.

Despite the suspension of the 'step out' policy, Anne Arundel officials said that speeding complaints will continue to be a priority."

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