Record Observer - - Opinion -

Queen Anne’s County com­muters us­ing the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge who were up­set by the dis­con­tin­u­ance of “split ticket books,” ef­fec­tive Feb. 27, may get a re­prieve from a bill to be in­tro­duced by the county del­e­gate, Carter M. Hick­man, to le­gal­ize the books.

The an­nounce­ment to end the prac­tice of is­su­ing one book with sev­eral au­to­mo­bile iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers to ac­com­mo­date fam­i­lies with more than one car was made last week by Wil­liam F. Ben­der, the new toll fa­cil­ity ad­min­is­tra­tor who took of­fice Feb. 1.

Com­muters have been ad­dress­ing let­ters to the State Roads Com­mis­sion, toll of­fi­cials and news­pa­pers protest­ing the dis­con­tin­u­ance of the plan which al­lowed a fam­ily not us­ing the bridge daily or wish­ing to al­ter­nate au­to­mo­biles to take ad­van­tage of the spe­cial price on the 30-day book.

* * * Nearly a quar­ter-mil­lion ve­hi­cles crossed the two-lane Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Bridge dur­ing the first month of 1967, for a 21.6 per­cent in­crease over the same month of 1966.

It was the high­est in­crease for any of the state’s four toll fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Bal­ti­more Har­bor Tun­nel, and the J.F.Kennedy Ex­press­way.

Fig­ures from the State Roads Com­mis­sion showed a grand to­tal of 242,200 ve­hi­cles us­ing the span in the 31 days of Jan­uary, com­pared to 199,165 for Jan­uary 1966. This was also a 66 per­cent in­crease over 10 years ago when 145,641 ve­hi­cles crossed the bridge dur­ing Jan­uary 1957.

* * * One teenager was slightly hurt and three oth­ers es­caped in­jury when the car they were in ran off Route 18 out­side of Cen­tre­ville just a few min­utes af­ter mid­night Satur­day morn­ing.

State Po­lice charged Thomas Wil­liam Mullinix, 16, with reck­less driv­ing. They said he was go­ing south and on a slight curve ran off the right side and struck a pole. His nose hit the wind­shield, and three other teenagers with him were un­hurt.

Po­lice also stated that the youth had been charged with reck­less driv­ing in Kent County just a few hours prior to this ac­ci­dent.

* * * A 13-year-old Cen­tre­ville Mid­dle School stu­dent has been ac­cused of set­ting a se­ries of fires in the school build­ing dur­ing the past month which for­tu­nately have caused only minor dam­age.

The ar­rest was made by Tfc. Robert Wil­liams of the Mary-

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