Distracted/Aggressive/Commercial Vehicle Enforcement
Members of the Traffic Safety Section conducted a high intensity Distracted/Aggressive and Commercial Vehicle enforcement patrol in the Crofton/Gambrills area during this morning’s rush hour. This was in response to Chief Altomare’s focus on reducing the number of motor vehicle crashes in Anne Arundel County.
Utilizing a combination of marked and unmarked cars, officers issued 24 citations, 34 warnings and 2 equipment repair orders for various offenses ranging from talking/texting on a cell phone, unsafe lane changes and speeding. Additionally, one traffic arrest was made for driving on a suspended license. Officers also stopped 10 commercial vehicles on Patuxent Road in violation of the weight restriction and conducted North American Standard truck inspections on them with certified truck inspectors. As a result, 24 violations were found. Two commercial vehicles and two drivers were placed out of service for DOT violations.
This effort is a continuation of enforcement patrols that have been conducted county wide in 2017 targeting aggressive & distracted driving as well as overweight and unsafe commercial truck traffic.
This enforcement effort supports the Towards Zero Deaths Campaign of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Maryland Highway Safety Office (MHSO). Anne Arundel County has experienced many commercial vehicle related crashes and this effort hopes to reduce the instances of those behaviors by ensuring compliance with roadway safety restrictions.
There will be additional enforcement conducted periodically throughout the county focused on aggressive/distracted driving and commercial vehicle enforcement utilizing allied agencies, covert vehicles and police motorcycles. Citizens observing any vehicles being operated in a careless or reckless manner are asked to contact the police department by calling 911 or 410 222-8610.