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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 3, 2014

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

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

MDTA POLICE TO PARTICIPATE IN SMOOTH OPERATOR CAMPAIGN

-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 smoothoperatorprogram.com.

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 towardzerodeathsmd.com. For more information on seatbelt safety, please visit nhtsa.gov

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.

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 31, 2013

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

        

MDTA POLICE ACTIVELY

SEARCHING FOR AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS

 

BALTIMORE, MD From Aug. 4 through Aug. 17, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will continue to enhance highway safety and target aggressive drivers during the third wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program. 

The MDTA Police strive to reduce the amount of aggressive and distracted drivers on the highways, and this is a great way to promote the education and enforcement of these daily issues, said MDTA Police Chief Col. Michael Kundrat. The easiest way to reduce aggressive driving is to allow more travel time to get to your destination.

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 Es: 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 www.smoothoperatorprogram.com.

The MDTA Police also support the Choose Safety for Life campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Marylands roadways.  This campaign encourages drivers to make safe decisions when driving on Maryland highways.

 

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.

 

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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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2012

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

MDTA POLICE CRACK DOWN ON AGGRESSIVE DRIVING
"
Smooth Operator" Kicks Off as Summer Travel Ramps Up

BALTIMORE, MD -- The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will hit the roads June 3 - 9 to enhance travel safety and target aggressive drivers during the first wave of the multi-state Smooth Operator Program.

"Law enforcement agencies in the region are taking a stand against aggressive driving, which increases the risk for motor-vehicle crashes, said MDTA Police Senior Commander Maj. Michael T. Kundrat.  With the summer travel season underway, there will be increased traffic volume and increased percentage of aggressive drivers on our roadways."

According to the Maryland Highway Safety Office, in 2009, 6,145 crashes were reported as a result of aggressive driving.

The Smooth Operator Program was developed as a cooperative effort among law-enforcement agencies in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia to reduce the number of crashes caused by aggressive driving.  The initiative extends across four "waves," which begin this week and end in September.  In addition to increased enforcement, Smooth Operator raises public awareness about aggressive driving and includes evaluation of the programs effectiveness.  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 Marylands 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.