Holiday Weekend: MPD Focuses on Aggressive Drivers
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July 2, 2010
MPD Focuses on Aggressive Drivers
(Washington, DC) – Members of the Metropolitan Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies will be out in force combating aggressive driving as part of the second wave of the Smooth Operator program which begins on Sunday, July 4 through Saturday, July 10, 2010.
Washington area law enforcement agencies launched Smooth Operator in 1997, targeting motorists who drove aggressively.
“Aggressive driving leads to injuries and fatalities,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “We are committed to deterring dangerous driving and keeping people safe.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that aggressive driving behaviors – speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, improper passing and other dangerous driving maneuvers – has cost billions of dollars and may be responsible for one-third of injury crashes and two-thirds of highway fatalities. The probability of death and debilitating injury increases with impacts at higher speeds – doubling for every 10 mph over 50 mph that a vehicle travels.
The District of Columbia is a recognized leader in traffic safety and has implemented model laws and programs and experienced a dramatic decrease in traffic fatalities in the past several years. For example, in 2009, there were 33 traffic fatalities, the lowest number in more than two decades.
During the first wave of Smooth Operator 2010, MPD issued more than 18,000 citations and warnings for various offenses. The 2010 Smooth Operator campaign enforcement waves are as follows: June 6 to 12, July 4 to 10, August 1 to 7, and September 5 to 18. For more information about Smooth Operator, please visit www.smoothoperatorprogram.com
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