Anne Arundel police target aggressive motorists

Recent fatal accident blamed on unsafe driving

October 09, 2003|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

The drivers of a Subaru Impreza and a Chevrolet Impala darted in and out of rush-hour traffic on Route 32 in Gambrills at raceway speeds.

But when the Subaru driver slammed his brakes, his vehicle spun out of control and smashed into a Mazda 626, killing him and the Mazda's passenger.

Authorities said the accident Tuesday morning underscores the perils of aggressive driving, which they said is a growing problem here. The Anne Arundel County Police Department recently completed a large aggressive driving campaign during which officers issued nearly 3,500 tickets and made 146 arrests.

Police Chief P. Thomas Shanahan said he initiated the campaign because anyone who drives the major thoroughfares in the county sees acts of aggressive driving every day.

"You'll be going along Route 10, maybe doing 60 in a 55 [mph zone], and someone comes along going so fast that it literally makes you feel like you're standing still," he said. "It looks like, at times, a raceway out there."

From Aug. 24 to Sept. 18, county officers swarmed Routes 32, 10 and 100; Interstate 97; and U.S. 50 in an effort to catch aggressive drivers and slow traffic. The campaign was funded in part by State Highway Administration grants.

Maryland State Police continue to search for the driver of the Chevrolet Impala that cut off the Subaru Impreza, driven by Christopher S. Browning, 24, of Gambrills.

Browning was killed in the accident, as was a passenger in the Mazda, Jose C. Jarmillo-Arroyo, 18, of Columbia.

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