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For Immediate Release:

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

MDOT Promotes Driver/Pedestrian Safety for Halloween

Officials focused on pedestrian safety and preventing impaired driving 

October 25, 2017 

HANOVER, MD – On Friday, October 27, 2017, the Maryland Department of Transportation will hold a press conference focused on its efforts to increase driver and pedestrian safety awareness approaching Halloween.  The visibility of pedestrians who are out Trick or Treating for Halloween, along with ways to prevent impaired driving, including transit options, will be discussed.

The event also will highlight the success of Noah’s Law, which was enacted on October 1, 2016.  Noah’s Law is named for Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who was struck and subsequently died as a result of a drunk driver in December 2015 while conducting a traffic stop with another suspected drunk driver during a holiday patrol. Noah’s father, Rich Leotta, will be one of the featured speakers.

In addition, the Maryland State Police Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing (MBAT) Truck, which is specially-designed to process impaired drivers at the scene of arrest as well as a vehicle equipped with a fully functional ignition interlock device will be available.

WHAT:
Press conference highlighting Maryland Department of Transportation efforts to remind motorists to be safe on Halloween and to highlight the success of ignition interlock on the one-year anniversary of Noah’s Law.

WHO:
SPEAKERS:

Pete K. Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Christine Nizer, Administrator, MDOT Motor Vehicle Administration
Kevin Quinn, Administrator, MDOT Maryland Transit Administration
Gregory Slater, Administrator, MDOT State Highway Administration
Rich Leotta, father of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer, Noah Leotta

WHEN:
Friday, October 27, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: 
Maritime Institute
692 Maritime Boulevard
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

Contact:
Erin Henson
MDOT Public Affairs
410-865-1025 (office)
443-829-9386 (cell)

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