People speed for many reasons, whether they are late for work or simply moving with the traffic, even if they are responsible drivers.
But speeding is never safe. And Maryland police and the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) are working together to reduce speeding as well as the life-threatening accidents it causes.
Enforcement of Maryland’s ADAPT Initiative increasing
At the end of January, the Maryland State Police and MDOT announced that they are teaming up to increase the enforcement of the Aggressive Drivers Are Public Threats Initiative (ADAPT). ADAPT has been one of MDOT’s goals for quite some time, but state police will also be on the lookout for speeding and reckless drivers now more than ever.
The goal of the initiative is to:
- Catch and ticket reckless drivers;
- Prevent recklessness on the road; and
- Save lives.
Emphasis on this initiative has increased recently due to the frequency of Maryland drivers speeding as well as the increased dangers of speeding in poor weather conditions.
Speeding is a serious problem
Even with the rise of distracted driving in recent years, speeding is still one of the top causes of serious car accidents in the nation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that speeding plays a significant role in one-third of all car accidents and 26% of fatalities on the road.
That is because speeding can:
- Increase the severity of an accident;
- Increase the risk of a fatality in an accident exponentially;
- Reduce the control drivers have over their vehicles, making them a hazard;
- Reduce the time drivers have to react to other hazards on the road; and
- Minimize the effect of protective equipment, such as a seat belt.
Drivers: Watch your speed
Maryland drivers should keep the ADAPT Initiative enforcement in mind whenever they head out on the road. If they avoid speeding, they not only avoid a ticket but increase their own safety.
However, drivers must also watch for other motorists who speed and ensure they drive defensively to reduce their risk of an accident.