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All this week, July 22 through July 26, the Baltimore County Police Department will be on the roads and highways watching out for drivers who are being aggressive behind the wheel.

What is considered aggressive driving? Here are some examples:

  • Frequent or unsafe lane changes,
  • failing to signal or yield right of way,
  • tailgating, and disregarding traffic signals.

Road rage is the ultimate in aggressive driving. Driving fast and recklessly to pay back a driver who may have slighted him or her by passing or cutting the driver off can and does cause crashes and fatalities.

Officers will be aggressively searching out the driver who is putting others at risk by their actions. They could be ticketed or arrested. When the officer stops you, he or she will also check for outstanding warrants and other infractions.

Drive safe, stay cool, and enjoy the rest of the summer.

This time of year is one of the most exciting times a teenager can have. For seniors, this is the prom and graduation season. Time to celebrate with family and friends the accomplishments of four years of study and yes, stress.

Celebrations can be as quiet as a dinner with family or a big party with friends.

However, those celebrations for some include alcohol and or drugs. This is a lethal combination when teens, or anyone, get behind the wheel and drive.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is a dramatic increase in teen fatalities extending from April into July.

Baltimore County Police Officer Jennifer Peach suggests that parents and teens write and sign a contract. The contract would stipulate that when the teen calls home for help, there will be no questions or punishment.

Another reminder about distracted driving. Put the cellphone away when you get into your car. Let someone else pick out the music or make the calls.

When you drive distracted, drunk, or drugged you put not only yourself at risk, but those with you in the car and those other drivers on the highway.

Have fun and enjoy your time as a teen, but don’t cut it short by driving drunk, drugged or distracted.

Throughout this holiday weekend, Baltimore County Police and other law enforcement agencies will be on the roads looking for aggressive, drunk and distracted drivers.

We all want to get to our destinations and enjoy our time with family and friends, but speeding may not get you there any faster. On the contrary, you could be stopped for speeding and aggressive driving. Once you are stopped, the officer will check your license, registration, and check to see if you have any outstanding warrants.

Should the officer suspect drinking and/or drugged driving, the officer will conduct a roadside sobriety test. If the result indicates you are driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will be arrested on the spot and face some big fines. You will also have to pay a lawyer and court costs. You could lose your license, and your insurance will go up.

Distracted driving has been compared to driving drunk. The three seconds it takes to look down at your cellphone is just enough time to crash into another vehicle or strike a pedestrian. The message can wait, as can the phone call.

Take your time driving to Grandma’s house. She will forgive you if you are a little late.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Revised June 27, 2017