WASHINGTON– The Howard County Police Department is stepping up patrols to curb accidents on some of the most dangerous roadways in the area.
Drivers will see more police officers on Route 29, Route 100, and the Baltimore National Pike, after the department analyzed safety statistics and determined that these areas draw the most drunk, distracted, and aggressive drivers.
STEP, the Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program, began this week and is beefing up police presence on these roads during at-risk times of the day.
Howard County Police say they are putting more resources to making the roads safer, but that will not affect their response to other emergencies too.
The following roadways have been identified as areas of focus for STEP:
- Baltimore National Pike between Normandy and Rt. 29
- Baltimore National Pike between Rt. 29 and Governors Run Main Street between Rodgers Avenue and Baltimore County line
- Rt. 29 between Rt. 175 and Broken Land Parkway
- Rt. 29 between Rt. 175 and Rt. 100
- Rt. 29 between Rt. 70 and Baltimore National Pike
- Rt. 29 between Rt. 108 and Rt. 100
- Rt. 175 between Waterloo Road and Rt. 29
- Rt. 175 between Dobbin Road and Waterloo Road
- Washington Blvd. between Gorman Road and Whiskey Bottom Road
- Washington Blvd. between Whiskey Bottom Road and P.G. County line
- Washington Blvd. between Rt. 175 and Rt. 100
- Waterloo Road between Rt. 175 and Snowden River Parkway
- Rt. 100 between Snowden River Parkway and Long Gate Parkway
- Snowden River Parkway between Broken Land Parkway and Rt. 175
- Little Patuxent Parkway between Banneker Road and Rt. 29