Police Launch "Operation Centipede" on Beltway

By Andrew Knight
|  Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 12:09 PM EDT
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"Operation Centipede" Coming to Beltway

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If you're driving on the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County this weekend, you may want to keep an eye on the speedometer.

Nearly two dozen additional troopers will be patrolling the Capital Beltway in Prince George's County starting Friday night in an effort to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities on one of the busiest stretches of highway in the country.

"Our goal is a simple, but very important one," said Captain Clifford Hughes, Washington Metro Troop Commander. "We want to save lives and reduce injuries resulting from crashes on the Capital Beltway."

The aptly named "Operation Centipede" is an ongoing traffic enforcement program that features troopers in marked and unmarked vehicles seeking aggressive, drunk, speeding, inattentive and reckless drivers.

"Traffic crashes just don't happen," Hughes said. "Each traffic crash has a cause and usually that cause is the result of a driver's aggressiveness, negligence or inattentiveness. Our enforcement efforts tonight will be abundant and effective." 

Maryland State Police are still investigating a six-vehicle crash that killed two and injured two others on the Capital Beltway near Ritchie Marlboro Road Tuesday morning. A driver suspected of driving under the influence was taken into custody and released without charges pending the outcome of the investigation.

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