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MDTA Police Targets Aggressive Drivers In Smooth Operator Campaign

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A warning to drivers this weekend as Maryland Transportation Authority police launch an intense effort to crack down on aggressive driving.

Derek Valcourt has more on the smooth operator program.

MDTA police say they’ll have extra hands on deck all week and are warning drivers now to keep it legal.

Chances are you come across aggressive drivers every time you leave home.

“I guess they are in a rush and don’t really care about anyone else on the road,” said one motorist

“You have to be on the lookout. You have to be alert and not get smacked really,” said Judd Mitchell.

“They’re endangering other people without really thinking about themselves,” said a motorist.

That’s why MDTA police are launching the second wave of their Smooth Operator campaign Sunday through Saturday, targeting aggressive driving as they patrol many of the areas major roadways.

“Any violations that are arrestable our officers will take action,” said a MDTA officer.

Specifically they’ll be looking for speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, and drivers who disobey traffic signs –putting other drivers on the road at risk.

“There’s this entitlement with aggressive drivers that they matter more than anybody else on the road,” said Geordie Mitchell. “That drives me crazy.”

Another big no-no:  drunk driving.

Police promise to be on the lookout during peak party hours.

“We know it’s the holiday season,” said a MDTA officer. “People want to celebrate and enjoy themselves.  But to do that, don’t do it on the road.  Don’t get behind the wheel while driving.”

For drivers like John Eppler, it’s a warning he’ll take with him on the road.

“A lot of times I think I drive pretty aggressively, so [I’ll] try to slow down a little bit and keep an eye out for police I guess,” Eppler said.

Maryland isn’t the only state cracking down on aggressive driving.

Be warned: If your plans this week take you to Virginia, Pennsylvania or D.C., police there are taking part in the Smooth Operator campaign as well.

To prevent drunk driving, the tipsy taxi program is once again offering free rides home to people who have been drinking in Baltimore City on Sunday and Monday from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. You can call 877-963-8294.

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