A program designed to catch hit-and-run drivers was in place the day after it was established under Maryland law.

The Yellow Alert Program allows law enforcement agencies statewide to quickly share information to locate those who fail to remain at the scene of a traffic crash resulting in serious injury or death.

Under state law, drivers must remain at the scene of a crash resulting in property damage, bodily injury, or death.

The alert allows investigating agencies to release a description of a suspected hit-and-run vehicle to one central location, where it can be shared with other officers and the public.

On Sept. 29, a driver struck and killed Marine Cpl. William Ferrell along U.S. 15 near Thurmont as he was helping a disabled motorist. The driver fled the area.

I-70, Meadow Road interchange

Oakdale Investments has scheduled a public information meeting regarding a planned interchange between I-70 and Meadow Road/Md. 144 (Old National Pike.)

Final design for the project has not started, but engineers will be looking for input from the public on planning level design at a meeting Oct. 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the New Market Grange Hall.

The finished design will have to be approved by Frederick County and the Maryland State Highway Administration.

Winter ready

It’s just starting to feel like fall, but the AAA is already encouraging drivers to think about winter maintenance.

“Learning how to handle common maintenance issues is beneficial to anyone who gets behind the wheel,” Jim Spires, a car care district director, said in a statement. “Proper maintenance can extend the life of your vehicle and help prevent costly repairs.”

Throughout October, AAA Mid-Atlantic will offer complimentary maintenance checks for AAA members and non-members, at the auto club’s AAA Car Care Insurance, Travel Centers and AAA Approved Auto Repair Locations.

AAA has a local center at 5620 Buckeystown Pike in Frederick.

The maintenance checks will provide drivers with an inspection report detailing potential problems that should be addressed before the winter driving season arrives.

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