50 YEARS AGO
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-