July 3, 2014

Contact: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724

: 1st Sgt. Jonathan Green, 410-537-7724


-Second wave starts Sunday-

BALTIMORE, MD  From July 6 - 12, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue its efforts to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the second wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.

"As we head into the holiday weekend, I urge motorists to plan ahead and allow extra travel time during one of the summers peak-travel weekends," said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. "MDTA Police will have additional personnel on patrol to deal with the increased traffic volumes and aggressive drivers."

The Smooth Operator Program is a joint effort between law-enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving. The campaign influences motorists to make decisions that help ensure a safe driving environment for everyone on the road.

Smooth Operator began in 1997 and focuses on the four "E"s: Enforcement, Education, Evaluation and Engineering. Law-enforcement agencies throughout the region have increased patrols and public awareness, researched previous campaigns and helped develop long-term roadway solutions. For more information, please visit

The MDTA Police also support the "Toward Zero Deaths" campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways. For more information, visit For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the State, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police officers provide law enforcement at the Authoritys highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.

NOTE: If you choose to use an acronym, please refer to Maryland Transportation Authority as MDTA Police. Thank you.