Media and Citizen Advisory
(Harford County, Md) — Beginning the week of July 25th, and in conjunction with the SMOOTH OPERATOR aggressive driving campaign, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and the Baltimore County Police Department will be conducting a joint enforcement effort along Bel Air Road (Route 1) and the Bel Air Bypass area to curb aggressive driving, speeding, following to close, illegal lane changing, and other related traffic offenses. Police will target the times from 6:00am to 9:00am and again from 3:00pm to 6:00pm each day.
According to Sgt. Joseph VanSeeters, Traffic Unit Supervisor, police in both Baltimore and Harford Counties have seen an increase in serious crashes and reports of aggressive driving on Bel Air Road (Route 1) up to and including the Bel Air By-Pass. “We frequently see these complaints across the county but more recently there appears to be an increase along Bel Air Road”, VanSeeters said. “However”, he noted, “Regardless of where we target aggressive drivers we think the message will get out that aggressive driving causes crashes that can result in injury or death”. VanSeeters also pointed out that the program is not just about police officers issuing citations. “It’s more than that”, VanSeeters said. “Yes we issue citations but the message behind the citation is clear, automobile drivers must drive responsibly and with caution. Anything less increases your risk of being involved in a serious crash”, VanSeeters concluded.
The enforcement effort will continue on various dates throughout the remainder of July and early August 9th. For more information contact the Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit at 410-692-7872.