News Release, Maryland State Police

(COLLEGE PARK, MD) — Maryland State Police, along with assistance from the Prince George’s Police Department, will be conducting a speeding and aggressive driving enforcement initiative this weekend along the Washington beltway.

The I-495 initiative is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and will include troopers from the College Park and Forestville barracks. The initiative comes as a three-year crash analysis study determined that the Columbus Day weekend has a high propensity for speed-related collisions.

Speeding continues to remain a safety issue across the country. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26 percent of all fatal crashes in the U.S. and more than 9,700 lives were lost in such crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

From 2013 – 2017, aggressive drivers were involved in over 4,500 crashes on Maryland roads. In 2017, there were 4,526 crashes due to aggressive driving in Maryland, causing 54 fatalities. On average, they cause a combined almost 3,000 injuries and deaths per year. Also, in the last five years, over 85 percent of aggressive driving crashes in Maryland happened in the Baltimore/Washington area.

Aggressive driving violations involve a combination of behaviors that endanger people or property.Maryland lawdictates that at least three of the following are observed:

  • Traffic light violations.
  • Overtaking and passing another vehicle.
  • Passing on the right.
  • Driving on a laned roadway.
  • Tailgating, or following another driver too closely.
  • Failing to yield when other drivers have the right-of-way.
  • Exceeding the speed limit.

For aggressive driving violations, you’ll receive five points on your license and a $370 fine.

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