On August 29, four members of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Operations Unit were honored at the Maryland Department of Transportation’s ADAPT (Aggressive Drivers Are Public Threats) Aggressive Driving Prevention Awards Luncheon.

Sgt. Jon Burroughs, Cpl. Kris Syvertsen, Cpl. Brad Saunders, and Pfc. Patrick McPherson received awards for their efforts in reducing aggressive driving on our roadways in 2017. During the event, Tom Gianni, Chief of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, gave the welcome address. Speakers were Ms. Christine Nizer of the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration and Colonel Jerry Jones, Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Dr. Elizabeth Baker of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave closing remarks.

“Our Traffic Operations Unit works tirelessly to curtail aggressive driving and speeding in Charles County,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “We are proud of these exemplary officers for doing their part to keep our roadways safe.”

The ADAPT campaign focuses on addressing motorists who commit a combination of moving traffic offenses that endanger other people or property. Aggressive driver behaviors include speeding, tailgating, running red lights and stop signs, improper passing, and weaving. Aggressive driving and speed contribute to one out of every 3 crashes. For more information about the campaign, please visit: http://towardzerodeathsmd.com/aggressive-driving/.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.     

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website