The Camdenton Police Department is announcing for the 21th year its continued campaign to combat Aggressive Driving. Aggressive Driving is defined as: Risky driving behavior on the roadway that poses the possibility of endangering the driver and other motorists, as well as endangering property. This violence is known as “road rage”.

The Camdenton Police Department is announcing for the 21th year its continued campaign to combat Aggressive Driving. Aggressive Driving is defined as: Risky driving behavior on the roadway that poses the possibility of endangering the driver and other motorists, as well as endangering property. This violence is known as “road rage”.

Officers with the Camdenton Police Department will be working the “Operation Safe Way” campaign August 8th and 9th. Specially marked patrol cars will patrol the City of Camdenton looking for aggressive drivers. The officers will stop the vehicle and a summons or written warning will be issued for the violation. The driver will receive a citation summary sheet that will educate them as to the violation they were stopped for. On the back of the summary sheet is a self-driving evaluation the driver may take. The driver will receive a booklet about Aggressive Driving and a pamphlet on seatbelt usage.

Some of the most typical aggressive driving violations are: Changing lanes when Not Safe to do so, Passing on the Right, Accelerating through a Yellow Light, Failure to use Turn Signals, Improper use of Center Turn Lane, and Failure to Stop at Stop Signs.

In 2018 there were 234 Motor Vehicle Crashes that occurred inside the City limits of Camdenton and 178 crashes in 2017.

Not only is this a 31% increase but the majority were avoidable. The main reasons for motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were Fail to Yield 28.2%, Following too Close 22.6% and Inattention 18.8%.

Motorists should allow additional reaction time by avoiding driving too close to other vehicles and making sure there is enough space to safely change lanes or pull into a roadway. Do not be distracted from driving by talking / texting on the phone, adjusting the radio or any other non-essential tasks. Keeping your attention on the roadway, slowing down and giving yourself more time can make all the difference in being involved in a crash or making it to your destination in time.

If a motorist would like a copy of the violation summary sheet with the self-driving evaluation, they can receive one at the Camdenton Police Department. All they need to do is come by during normal business hours. The information is free of charge.