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WBAL Aggresive Driving Story

Traffic safety in Baltimore stands as one of the city’s most important points of emphasis. The 3D project (Don’t Drive Distracted) and the spread of speed cams around Maryland stop any to almost all doubts of the police’s seriousness on the matter.

These new additions to Maryland’s arsenal aren’t only for drivers and passengers, but any others near the roads and sidewalks; children especially.

Meet Bobby. Standing at no taller than a little below 5 feet, Bobby just happened to be around the intersection of Pratt and Howard Street. Bobby didn’t have a good day as a Suzuki Aerio came smashing into him at 40 miles per hour.

Luckily, Bobby is a wire-frame dummy depicting a 10-year-old boy.

Today “Speeding is Aggressive Driving and it Stops Here” took place in front of Eutaw Street near Camden Yards. The event had a demonstration of realistic pedestrian crash attempting to show the people of Baltimore how a few miles per hour can be the difference between life and death.

John Kuo, administrator of the Maryland Vehicle Administration, was one of multiple leaders at the event that spoke out against aggressive driving.

“Smooth Operator reminds us all to recommit ourselves to this important and life saving goal – to stop speeding and to stop aggressive driving,” Kuo said.

Smooth Operator, a public safety campaign devoted to stop aggressive drivers within Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., states aggressive driving is a combination of moving traffic offenses that endangers other people or property.

According to Smooth Operator, aggressive driving is 31 percent of all fatal crashes nationwide totaling 11,674 lives lost in 2008 and crashes caused by aggressive driving cost society up to $40.4 billion a year – which equals $78,865 per minute.

Kuo went on to say that despite the already hot weather, the Smooth Operating program would bring more heat against aggressive driving.

Major Scott Yinger of the Maryland State Police talked about the police’s dedication to assisting the people of Maryland.

“We have a lot of obligations to protect our citizens,” Yinger said. “This is a state wide operation and a state wide plan to protect all citizens, not just in a small geographic area.”

For information about helping people avoid being and avoid such drivers, check out these tips at www.smoothoperatorprogram.com.

A tip to be remembered – “Remember that you can’t control traffic, but you can control yourself.”

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