UPDATE: Hagerstown Police, WashCo Deputies team up to prevent traffic fatalities


The Hagerstown City Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to bring the number of traffic fatalities down to zero.

Hagerstown City Police Chief Victor Brito and Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore pitched their Strategic Highway Safety Plan to the mayor and council saying with high demands for police presence in other areas, their time spent on traffic enforcement has decreased.

Sheriff Mullendore said there’s a “significant” number of traffic fatalities in our area and asked for the council’s endorsement on Tuesday night.

In a five-year accident study, they found five areas of focus that they’ll launch initiatives on each month.

Those include distracted driving, aggressive driving, occupant protection, impaired driving and highway infrastructure.

Sheriff Mullendore said pedestrians and bikes on Dual Highway are also the result of a lot of accidents.

The two entities are spearheading a three-year plan to identify safety initiatives; October’s was the move-over law, and December will focus on distracted driving.

Chief Brito said the relationship between the two law enforcement agencies is very strong, and that will work to their advantage.

The three-year plan will not cost the city anything.

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