'Smooth Operator' to curb aggressive driving

Courier-Post Staff June 24, 2008

A pilot program aimed at deterring aggressive driving behaviors in four South Jersey counties launched Monday.

The program, called "Smooth Operator," is a two-week law enforcement and public education initiative that will run through July 6 in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Atlantic counties.

Started by Pam Fisher, director of the New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety, the program will use highly visible law enforcement patrols, including state police, and public awareness materials, such as ticket jackets, handouts and an online quiz, to help motorists recognize aggressive driving behaviors and prevent them from occurring when behind the wheel.

"Aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding, tailgating, red light running and improper passing, pose a grave risk to motorists," Fisher said in a press release statement. "In New Jersey in 2007, 25 percent of all fatal crashes involved traveling at unsafe speeds."

Each municipality involved will receive a $6,000 grant to implement the program.

More information on the program, including a a quiz designed to help motorists determine if they are an aggressive driver, is available at the Division's Web site at www.njsaferoads.com.