On September 30, 2011, at approximately 10:50 p.m. Ocean City Police responded to 1610 Baltimore Avenue (Quality Inn Boardwalk), in reference to a possible drowning in the pool of the hotel.
OFC Justin Hoban arrived at the scene and observed a group of citizens standing observing a male who was floating face down in the hotel pool. OFC Hoban immediately went to the pool and determined the 50-year-old male in the pool unresponsive with a few other people trying to hold him up.
OFC Hoban grabbed the man and pulled him out the water. OFC Hoban observed the victim’s complexion was close to purple and he was not breathing. OFC Hoban administered CPR to the victim, during which the male began to breath.
Ocean City Paramedics arrived shortly after and took over the treatment of the male. The drowning victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital by Ocean City EMS and is expected to make a full recovery.
The Ocean City Police Department is reminding citizens who operate a motor vehicle of the revised Maryland distracted driving law regarding texting which took effect October 1, 2011. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley signed the legislation, which now prohibits the “reading” of text messages while driving, as well as texting while at stoplights.
The law, which prohibits all drivers in Maryland from using an electronic device to write, send or read a text message while operating a motor vehicle in the travel lanes of the roadway, is a primary offense. The law however does not apply to texting 9-1-1 or using a global position system. The Maryland Texting While Driving Law is a misdemeanor crime and the first offense carries a fine of $70, while a second offense fine is $110.
The US Department of Transportation reports that an estimated 800,000 vehicles nationally were driven by someone who used a hand-held cell phone during their drive last year. However, according to Gov. O’Malley,Maryland saw a 9% decrease in traffic deaths in 2010. The record low number reduced from 550 people lost in 2009, to 496 fatalities in 2010.