FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2016
MDTA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN SMOOTH OPERATOR CAMPAIGN
-First Wave Starts Today-
BALTIMORE, MD – From June 9 - 18, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue its efforts to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the first wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.
The Smooth Operator Program is a joint effort between law-enforcement agencies to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving. Aggressive driving includes speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs and unsafe lane changes. 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 smoothoperatorprogram.com.
The MDTA Police also support the “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland’s roadways. For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.
The MDTA Police remind you to take your foot off the gas and slow down. Wherever you are going can wait. Nothing is as important as your life or someone else’s.
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 Authority’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.