Law enforcement officials issued over 300 traffic citations and warnings for a variety of offenses in Baltimore County highways during a four-day, high visibility traffic enforcement initiative to combat illegal street racing.
Maryland State Police troopers from the Golden Ring Barrack and Baltimore County police officers focused on speeding and aggressive driving in the areas of I-70, I-695 and I-795 Thursday through Sunday.
Police issued 248 citations, 78 warnings and 22 safety equipment repair orders and nine impaired driving arrests took place during the initiative, according to a state police news release. Of those, 82 citations and 22 warnings were speeding related, with speeds in one instance reaching 106 mph.
Police also investigated a crash believed to have been related to an illegal street race, according to the release. Ron Snyder, a spokesman for the state police, was unable to provide additional information on that crash Monday.
These traffic enforcement efforts are aimed at reducing the number of aggressive driving and motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads, police said. In 2020, the Golden Ring Barrack received 93 calls about illegal racing in Baltimore County.
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Baltimore-area highways have attracted various street racers over the years, Snyder said.
“It typically happens more when the weather is nice,” he added.
Two weeks ago, police responded to a two-vehicle crash at I-70 West in Baltimore County when the driver of a 2018 Ford Focus rear-ended a 1999 Honda. The road was blocked off because of a street race, according to a preliminary investigation.
Maryland State Police are planning targeted initiatives with allied agencies, including Baltimore County Police, throughout the next several months to address the issue.
Overtime associated with the crackdown was paid for in part by a grant from the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office, Snyder said. He did not have an exact figure for the grant.
Drivers charged with illegal racing could face up to a $500 fine and potential jail time, according to police. Anyone who witnesses an illegal street race or has information about an upcoming race is asked to contact the Golden Ring Barrack at 410-780-2700.