Capital, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
County closes 4 BRAVES 3-1 Indians fall Maddux duel tonight D1 Game Braves at 8 p.m. on channels 7. Keep kids safe from boo-boos on Halloween Cl DETAILS. PAGE A15 THURSDAY OCTOBER MD 350 New jet ski rules planned by state By JEFF NELSON StaffWriter After a bloody summer of fatal jet ski the state is preparing to crack down on the high-powered watercraft and their operators by next season. Proposed regulations released yesterday by the Department of Natural Resources would raise the age limit for operating jet skis from 14 to effective Jan. 1. The state also would require that all jet ski drivers take a written test on operating regula- tions and hold a certificate prov- ing they successfully completed the test. The age limit would be phased in over the next two years to allow current 1-4-year-olds to operate the craft as long as they're accompanied by a certi- fied person 16 or older. tend to look at these as toys and not boats. These are highly maneuverable craft where the rider is totally ex- and they can go 50 said Robert director of the Department of Natural Re- source's Waterway Services Pro- which developed the new regulations. Del. Wheeler Baker. D-Queen said regu- lations for the craft would be welcome. Natural Resources Po- lice have told him that some- thing must be done to rein in the abuse of jet skis. is the key to this. It's a people problem. There are top many people on the water with too many toys to play he said. The General Assembly must vote on any requirement that operators be certified. But the age limit increase simply will be reviewed by a legislative com- mittee charged with approving state regulations. In DNR proposes All jet skis have a perma- nent decal in plain view of the driver listing jet ski regulations. The General Assembly will not vote on this new regulation. All companies that rent jet tend to look at these as toys and not boats. These are highly maneuverable craft where the rider is totally and they can go 50 Robert DNR skis must be insured and have certified guides that follow riders around to make sure the rules are obeyed. This regulation must be approved by the General Assembly. DNR officials said the new regulations are needed because of the high number of accidents and injuries involving jet skis in the state. Four people in Maryland died this year in jet ski including a 13-year-old Severna Park girl killed in August when she fell off a jet ski in Queen Anne's County and was run over by a second one. A Crownsville man injured June 30 in a jet ski accident in Ocean City died last week of a cerebral hemorrhage. The state recorded 89 jet ski accidents this with 32 inju- ries. Use of jet skis is growing at the rate of to a year in Mr. Gaudette said. The number of accidents is quickly growing as well. In 50 accidents and 33 injuries were recorded in no figures for 1994 were avail- able. there were jet ski accidents in double the number in 1991. The accidents resulted in 56 deaths nationwide in Mr. Gaud- ette said. Jet ski operators tend to ignore the few rules assigned to their sport more often than other boaters. Of citations issued to boaters this jet tSee JET Page caused The wreckage of a school sKs near the railroad tracks where It was hit by a commuter train yesterday morning In Fox River III. Five students were killed and 30 Injured In the crash. At a thankful Barb Ims embraces her daughter who was on the bus. A fire station was used as a holding area for the uninjured students and for to check on the tote of their chHdren. AP photo Five students dead in Illinois bus accident ASSOCIATED PRESS FOX RIVER 111. Investigators workinp around the clock are trying to deter- mine w nether a malfunctioning traffic light held a school bus on railroad tracks as a commuter train slammed into it at up to 60 mpji yesterday morning. The wreck killed five students and injured 30 others. Eleven students remained hospitalized five in critical condition. Sensors embedded in the tracks are supposed to change the crossing's traffic light to green as a tram approaches to signal vehicles to clear the officials said. But some witnesses reported that the light was which would have prevented the bus 35 students and the driver from moving into the heavy morning are indications that there have been previous problems at that particular National Transportation Safety Board member John Goglia said last night. Town Police Chief Robert Polston saw the crash because he was checking out recent reports of problems with the light. Village officials have said he would not comment because he was a witness. Investigators last night began testing the light and were seeking police phone logs to check for complaints. Regardless of whether the light was reel or some witnesses said Jhere was no car ahead of the. bus and the driver could have moved forward. A crossing gate had come down behind the bus The bus was en route to the 1.400-student Cary- Grove High School in near this bedroom community about 40 miles northwest of The Chicago-bound express train was travel- ing between 50 and 60 mph and sheared the body of the bus off the spinning it around 180 degrees Nobody on the train was injured. Federal officials said the bus is designed to break apart like that in a high-speed crash to put distance between the occupants and the gas tank. When 15-year-old Zach Davis saw the 62Q-ton train bearing down on he had one going to From his seat in the front of the the teen remembers the bus stopped once before the railroad just like it's supposed then went forward and quickly stopped again for a Page Old habits die hard for drivers on new traffic circle By George N.Umdskow Capital With vMeotape drivers negotiate a traffic circle making Its debut on 2 hi Lothian yesterday. The circle to the fourth bum hi Maryland since 1993. By MICHAEL CODY South County Staff Writer The big electronic message boards said TRAFFIC PAT- in Lothian yesterday. Regular-size road signs said to Traffic on and Not But motorists headed southbound from Annapolis have been turning left at Route 2's right-angle bend for generations. For a handful of yesterday was no exception. Penned in by plastic barrels as high as their rear-view they halted at the edge of Mary- land's fourth new traffic circle since 1993. abruptly choosing habit over the evidence at they it boils down to is driver experience. If they get it in their mind that they're going to turn they're going to.do Mike SHA engineer turned left and improvised a path through oncoming traffic. State Highway Administration engineers shouted warnings. Nerves yet no wrecks re- sulted. it boils down to is driver said Mike an engineer with the SHA's District 5 office in Annapolis. they get it in their mind that they're going to turn they're going to do Columns of vehicles moved rap- idly enough on routes and 422 throughout the evening rush hour. And a team of SHA engineers on describing the adjustment as no worse than any said they hope to complete the job by Thanks- giving. By long after design bugs are worked drivers of large and small vehicles alike will feel com- fortable with the they said One purpose of such adapted from Europe and is to prevent serious accidents by calming traffic. percent of the people who use this intersection are repeaters. they'll learn by going through it a few said Ken project engineer. The 120 feet across with outer is to have a single 18-foot a 10 to 12 feet and a center island 60 feet across The mountable repre- sented yesterday by yellow will start 3 inches above the pave- then rise gradually to 6 in- ches in height. Page INSIDE Anmdel Report..... Bl Business............. A12 Calendar............ A7 Cap. Cam C8 Classified............ C9 Comics 07 Crossword ........C15 Death Notices...... C8 Editorials A14 Entertainment C5 Family Uvmg.....- Cl-4 For the Record.... B2-3 Lottery............... M Movies........... C7 Obituaries........ A15 A15 SevemaParK B4-5 South County B6-7 Sports ............Dl-6 Television........ C7 CIpMHbd............... 268-7000 Route 3 traffic study refutes need for bypass By CHRISTINE RODRIGO StaffWriter A new study of Route 3 shows that most vehicles using the road are defying reasoning be- hind state plans to build a bypass to divert regional traffic around the clogged roadway. But State Highway Administra- tion planners said last night that they'll push ahead with their unveiling the latest in a of pnqxMdi fcr a bypass. The traffic conducted Sept. and showed that just 36 percent of the traffic on Route 3 between routes 175 and 450 comes from outside that corridor. SHA officials said they expected a higher proportion of through drivers those most likely to use a bypass. Officials still must analyze the study results in relation to the project's environmental dam- age and said Bob San- project manager. is as important an issue as any of the environmental issues we've covered and the business he said. Several members of the Route 3 Task a group of residents working to resolve the traffic con- questioned the feasibility of a bypass in light of the survey. One of the driving forces behind a bypass has been to get truck traffic off Route but according to the the percentage of trucks is not that said Hanno I. a member of the task force. But Tom representing the Crofton Chamber of Commerce on the task said the through traffic figure would have been higher if the traffic study had started at 6 a.m. think you're missing a lot of through traffic by starting at he said. Mr Callahan also suggested that the study include vehicles that made brief stops along Route 3 as through trips. The survey was conducted by Columbia-based Daniel Consul- tants said Matthew T.