One of the most dangerous problems on our roads today is speeding and aggressive driving, which contribute to one-third of all crashes, injuries, and fatalities in Maryland. When you drive aggressively – things like speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, or running stop signs and red lights, other drivers or pedestrians don’t know how to react. Aggressive driving crashes lead to property damage, injury, and even death.
Towson University Police Department has seen an increase in the number aggressive driving incidents on campus, particularly in the parking garages. All traffic and parking control devices on campus must be obeyed. Speeding in the garages is prohibited. The speed limit in garages is 5 mph and the speed limit on campus roadways is 15 mph.
In an effort to help educate the campus community on the hazards of aggressive and distracted driving, TUPD will be out distributing educational material in addition to citing drivers for traffic violations in parking garages and on campus roadways.
Why do people drive aggressively? Usually it’s because they are late or because they’re simply being impatient. When people are late, they try to compensate by changing their driving behavior to get “there” as fast as they can. While you’re driving, also pay attention to whether you’re exhibiting any aggressive driving behaviors. The extra speed might get you there a couple minutes faster, but the more likely outcome is a crash or a ticket.
Make a plan to avoid aggressive driving. Leave some extra time!
For more information, please contact Sgt. Ron Harris or Cpl. Kia Williams of the Community Outreach Unit at 410-704-6530 or 410-704-5622. You may also choose to visit the Community Outreach Unit located in room 200F of the University Union or room 201 of the West Village Commons.