Police to target aggressive, impaired drivers during Memorial Day getaway

WASHINGTON — As drivers hit the roads, many of us are in danger of letting our frustrations get the best of us and could wind up paying dearly for it.

Most drivers know not to text and drive, or drink and drive, but police say most need to remember frustrated driving. When drivers act on stress, they can get a ticket.

“That’s a hard way to start the holiday weekend,” said Col. Jerry Jones with Maryland Transportation Authority police.

Maryland Transportation Authority police will join other agencies in looking for aggressive driving during Memorial Day weekend, which given the traffic projections won’t be hard to find.

“We’ll be targeting drivers in unsafe lane changing, following too closely and just being impatient and trying to get into the queue of cars going east. We want everyone to give plenty of room to one another,” Jones said.

While they are channeling that calm state of mind, Kurt Erickson with the Washington Regional Alcohol Program wants drivers to be on the lookout for those who might be impaired behind the wheel.

“If you suspect you’re sharing the roadway with an alleged drunk driver, you can safely dial 911 and report them. It’s important,” he said.

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