Montgomery County Council President Craig Rice appears to be having trouble keeping court dates for traffic citations, according to online court records.
Records from the Maryland Judicial Case Search show that Craig L. Rice, DOB 9/1972, of Coachmans Cir Germantown failed to appear at a district court trial date over a citation for "failure to obey properly place traffic control device instructions". The court record shows a "FAILURE TO APPEAR SUSPENSION", though it is uncertain based on this whether a license suspension is actually in effect.
This was first reported on the "Parents Coalition of Montgomery County" blog.
This is not the first traffic incident to appear in records since Rice was elected to the Montgomery County County council in 2010. Online court records show three guilty verdicts for speeding violations dated 2/21/2011, 12/20/2011, and 9/10/2012, each annotated as "FAILURE TO COMPLY SUSPENSION".
Council member Rice was selected by the council to serve as president for a one year term starting last week. Before joining the county council in 2010, Rice was a member of the Maryland House of Delegates where he voted in favor of statewide speed cameras in 2009. Rice has also served as a representative to the Maryland Association of Counties for Montgomery County.
Rice has also caught flack over illegal parking in the past as well.