Aggressive driving contributes to one-third of all crashes on Maryland roads. Property damage, injuries, and deaths due to aggressive drivers are completely preventable. According to a 2015 brief from the Maryland MVA, there was a marked reduction in aggressive driving crashes between 2011 and 2015. Unfortunately, the most recent brief from the Maryland MVA shows those numbers climbing again. In 2017, there were 4,526 crashes due to aggressive driving in Maryland, causing 54 fatalities. On average, they cause almost 3,000 injuries and deaths per year.
Aggressive Driving Violations
Aggressive driving violations involve a combination of behaviors that endanger people or property. Maryland law dictates that at least three of the following are observed:
- Traffic light violations.
- Overtaking and passing another vehicle.
- Passing on the right.
- Driving on a laned roadway.
- Tailgating, or following another driver too closely.
- Failing to yield when other drivers have the right-of-way.
- Exceeding the speed limit.
For aggressive driving violations, you’ll receive five points on your license and a $370 fine.
What groups tend to have the most violations? Recent statistics show:
- Aggressive drivers tend to be younger. Over 25% of all aggressive drivers were between the ages of 20-29.
- Four out of five aggressive drivers are male. Male drivers were responsible for 58% of aggressive driving-related crashes.
- Drivers in metropolitan areas have more aggressive driving crashes. In the last five years, more than 85% of crashes due to aggressive behaviors happened in the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas.
- Most of these crashes occur in the afternoon and early evening. The majority fall between 2pm and 7pm, coinciding with peoples’ evening commutes.
- More crashes happen near the end of the work week. Almost half of aggressive driving crashes happened between Wednesday and Friday.
- Fatal crashes due to aggressive driving happen more on weekends. Despite the overall decline in such incidents on the weekend, over half of aggressive driving deaths happened between Friday and Sunday.
The ADAPT Campaign
Traffic on our roads has nearly doubled in the last 20 years. This sometimes tempts people to drive aggressively in the interest of getting ahead of everyone else. Speeding and aggressive driving behaviors increase the chances of a crash.
The ADAPT program is an aggressive driving enforcement campaign designed to curb dangerous behaviors and make Maryland roads safer for everyone. It combines education and law enforcement in an effort to bring the state toward zero deaths. See our aggressive driving resource page for logos and social media resources to help spread the word.