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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, November 27 - December 3, 1998. 15 Police cracking down on drivers during holiday The Delaware Office of High- way Safety and the Delaware State Police are facilitating sever- al law enforcement campaigns aimed at reducing accidents and improving safety on Delaware roadways during the Thanksgiv- ing holiday weekend. Those who violate laws pertaining to aggres- sive driving, alcohol-related dri- ving or child-restraints can expect to be ticketed. State police announced Wednesday, Nov. 25, that it will join forces with the Maryland State Police for Operation SPARE (State Police Accident Reduction Effort), which will be in effect through Sunday, Nov. 2. The phi- losophy of Operation SPAREis. basic: law enforcement officers have zero-tolerance for driving behaviors that are known contrib- utors to highway fatalities. State - . Dennis Fomey photo Lewes police officers Mike Costello, left, and Mike Bullard conduct a child safety belt check Thursday morning on Sussex Drive, between Shields Elementary and Lewes .Mi'ddle schools. Bullard said most of the drivers and children were wearing police will add five troopers to their safety belts. No citations were being written for those work additional four-hour blocks -iibt in compliance. "Today is just for education and aware- in each of the troops. Troopers Will also be conducting sobriety checkpoints. The most common aggressive driving violations police will tar- get include speeding, making ille- gal lane changes, following too closely and disregarding traffic signals or lights. "Aggressive dri- ving kills, said Roberts. "Our in- creased enforcement during the holidays sends a clear message that we will not tolerate this kind of behavior in Delaware." Concern is increasing among police about the growing problem of road rage, she said. Road rage involves the intent to harm some- one by using weapons, a motor vehicle or even a tire iron. The best way for the public to protect Lewes-BPW ness," said Bullard. "But starting tomorrow we will be follow- ing a zero-tolerance policy." The officers also passed out pizza certificates as positive reinforcement for the safety program. themselves from becoming en- gaged in a road rage incident is to remain calm and not challenge an aggressive driver. The Delaware Office of High- way Safety recommends those who may rind themselves in ag- gressive driving-related incidents to memorize vehicle tag numbers, vehicle descriptions and direction of travel to report through a 911 call as soon as possible. Delaware Office of Highway Safety proclaimed Tuesday, Nov. 24, as Red-Out Day, which marked the beginning of the of- rice's special effort to reduce al- cohol-related fatal crashes. "The Continued from page 14 support a host of communication services in the future, for the time being the focus is on offering phone service. BPW President Tom McCiain said board members voted unani- mously against the request primar- ily because of concerns from the linemen who maintain the system of poles and wires. "They told us they didn't want another wire to work around, especially when they go out on calls at night or in stormy weather. We already have phone lines, electric lines and cable tele- vision lines hanging on the poles in town and we think that's enough," said McClain. BPW Grieral ManagefRuth Ann Ritter Said there was also some concern about ho6, many more requests would come in from other companies who want to use the Lewes system. "In order not to appear discriminatory, the board members decided not to approve any more lines for anyone," said Ritter. Conectiv officials said the line they would hang is very small but board members still felt that the cumulative effect would not be good for the Lewes system. color red represents life, commu- nity energy and the holiday spir- it," said Trisha Roberts, director of the Office of Highway Safety. Red-Out Day is coordinated with the Mothers Against Drunk Dri- Ving Red Ribbon Campaign and National Drunk and Drugged Dri- ving Prevention Month. Nationally, 40 percent of fatal crashes involve alcohol. Last year, 16,189 people were killed as a result of alcohol-related acci- dents; 327,000 were injured. Ap- proximately 1.5 million people were arrested for driving under the inflUence of alcohol or nar- cotics; that translates to an arrest rate of one in every 122 licensed U.S. drivers. State and municipal police offi- cers will als0 target child-safety- with Operation ABC Mobiliza- tion, a campaign to increase child safety. The Lewes Police Depart- ment, Millsboro Police Depart- ment and Milton Police Depart- ment began their enforcement and education efforts Wednesday, Nov. 25, as part of the national crackdown on drivers who don't buckle up children. Officers in the departments con- ducted checkpoints and issued ci- tations for those who were not in compliance with child-restraint laws. They rewarded those who were in compliance with coupons 5 TH ANNIVERSARY L E. "- " Ot', v 9o^ ,-,'( TWO WEEKS ONLY DECEMBER 1 - 12 803C REHOBOTH AVE, QUILLEN CTR REHOBOTH BEACH, DE. 227-1614 OPEN: MONDAY- SATURDAY 10-5 WEDNESDAY 10-7 from Pizza Hut for free stuffed- crust pizzas. Police also provided motorists with information fliers, banners and bumper stickers. "Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to Delaware's children," said Roberts. "The way to change that is through the correct use of child safety seats and seat belts." Delaware's child-restraint usage is at 68 percent. Studies consis- tently show that the best way to get children buckled up is to get adults buckled up. When a driver wears a seat belt, children are belt- ed in 87 percent of the time. When an adult is unbuckled, the child-re- straint use drops to 24 percent. 7ea00 Bruce Uliss and Steve Malcom TOP FINANCIAL GOAL Home ownership isn't just the American dream, it's becom- ing the American way. Over 60- million Americans own their homes,' and nine out of ten of those who don't own homes, list home ownership as their top financial goal. No one can put a value on the personal satisfac- tion ,but there are important financial reasons to own a home. Instead of paying the land- lord's mortgage every month, homeowners pay their own mortgage and build up equity in their investment. In addition, the monthly cost of owning a house is usually much more sta- ble and predictable than renting. 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