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									                         Thurmont Police Department
                                       10 Frederick Road - P.O. Box 17
                                          Thurmont, Maryland 21788
                                          Phone / Fax: 301-271-0905
   MAYOR                                                                                            CHIEF
Martin A. Burns                                                                                  Gregory L. Eyler

   PRESS RELEASE

  Thurmont Police Pace Car Program

  The Thurmont Police Department is introducing an innovative traffic-calming
  initiative to help stop speeding in residential areas, the Pace Car Program. This
  program is modeled after similar programs that have been successful in
  municipalities nationwide.
  The concept of the Pace Car Program is simple, and its success relies upon the support and
  participation of the community. Individuals pledge to drive courteously and obey the speed limit
  on local roadways. Collectively, as participation in the program increases, the change to safer
  driving behavior should be evident.

  Residents who pledge to drive responsibly and drive the speed limit will receive a free bumper
  sticker or window decal that designates the driver as a Pace Car Program participant. By
  displaying the decal, they encourage other drivers to do the same. As these residents drive the
  speed limit, they set the pace for other drivers following behind them.

  This program serves as a powerful traffic-calming alternative used to encourage motorists in the
  Thurmont Community to slow down, resulting in safer roadways for children, pedestrians, and
  other motorists.

  To participate in the Pace Car Program, residents should complete the application form located on
  the Thurmont website and mail it to the Thurmont Police Department at 10 Frederick Road,
  Thurmont, MD 21788. Application forms will also be available at the Town Office. Participants
  will receive the requested decal by mail and should display the bumper sticker or window decal
  on their vehicle. The stickers and window clings are easily removable and can be reapplied
  multiple times.

  The challenge for participants will be to incorporate the pledge into daily driving habits and "set
  the pace" for others. Following these rules of the road will demonstrate safe driving behavior:

           Be aware of your speed and observe the speed limit

           Always yield to pedestrians crossing the street

           Come to a complete stop at stop signs, then look carefully before proceeding

           Do not tailgate

           Slow down near schools when children are present

           Do not block walkways, a bike lane, or a driveway when parking

           Share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists

   For more information contact the Traffic Safety Officer at 301-271-0905, ext. 215.
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