FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez, 410-977-7724

MDTA POLICE STRICTLY ENFORCING AGGRESSIVE DRIVING VIOLATIONS
"
Smooth Operator" Heats up for the Summer Travel Season

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will maintain a strong presence on the roads June 29 - July 7 to enhance travel safety and target aggressive drivers during the second wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.

The Smooth Operator Program allows our law enforcement partners throughout Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Virginia to combat aggressive driving, said MDTA Senior Commander Major Michael Kundrat.  "We are working hand-in-hand with trauma experts, government officials and other professionals to bring about change and stigmatize aggressive driver behavior on our roads."

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers the following tips on how to avoid aggressive drivers:

  • Get out of their way and steer clear of them on the road.
  • Don't challenge them. Avoid eye contact. Ignore rude gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Give them the benefit of the doubt. Not all aggressive driving behavior is intentional.
  • Don't block the passing lane, especially if you are driving slower than most of the traffic. Move over to the right lane.
  • When it is safe to do so, Dial #77 on a cell phone to report aggressive drivers or call your local police.

Visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com for more details.

The MDTA Police also supports the "Choose Safety for Life" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland's roadways.  This campaign encourages drivers to make safe decisions when driving on Maryland highways.  The campaign focuses on attentive driving, seatbelt use, defensive driving, slower driving and not driving while impaired.