(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Maryland state troopers from the Golden Ring Barrack and Baltimore County officers joined forces to carry out a joint initiative that focused enforcement efforts on aggressive driving and illegal street racing in Baltimore County.

Traffic enforcement efforts by Maryland state troopers and Baltimore County officers during the operation resulted in more than 60 traffic stops that led to three arrests of impaired drivers. The enforcement efforts took place from Aug. 17 to 18, 2018. During that period, troopers and officers arrested three impaired drivers, cited two additional driver for suspended licenses and cited two other street racers with multiple citations. Overall, the initiative yielded 65 traffic stops which led to troopers and officers issuing 97 citations, 33 warnings and 23 safety equipment repair orders.

The joint initiative took place in the area Interstate 70 and Interstate 695. Through investigation troopers and officers learned about two illegal street races, one taking place on I-70. The race had a crowd of what investigators estimated to be 50 to 60 people.  Participants shut down westbound I-70 for approximately 15 minutes while the illegal street racing was going on.

Troopers and officers were able to strategically position themselves ahead of the street racing activity. At some point participants were alerted to the police presence and started to flee from the racing area on I-70. The joint team was able to stop two street racers and both illegal street racers were charged appropriately.

The Maryland State Police Golden Ring Barrack and the Baltimore County Police Department will continue their efforts to put a stop to illegal street racing and deter others from being a part of such illegal activity. Future initiatives are planned throughout the rest of the year.

The Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Department of Transportation’s campaign “Toward Zero Deaths.” These high visibility enforcement efforts reduce the number of aggressive driving, motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads.  Troopers will continue these initiatives throughout the year.