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Route 3 crashes, congestion lead to increased enforcement

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(WJLA) - In late August, three members of the same family died in a horrific crash along Route 3 near Crofton. They had been in stop-and-go traffic when a lumber delivery truck plowed into them from behind.

It's one of a number of fatal, violent crashes along the notorious stretch of road that connects Crofton and Waldorf, and now authorities are stepping into try to stifle the trend.

Authorities that patrol Route 3 on a regular basis say that heavy congestion and distracted driving are major contributors to the crashes. However, they also say that Route 3 is to blame itself on many occasions.
"This is probably one of the heavily traveled roadways I can remember in my career," Anne Arundel County Police Ofc. William Plummer said.

In the short term, Plummer will be a part of a beefed-up enforcement program along Route 3, as directed by Chief Kevin Davis, who says that the road has the same kind of traffic that major interstates boast.

The goal of the uptick in enforcement is to increase safety awareness along the road while he and the rest of the department seek long-term solutions to make Route 3 safer.

"There's got to be some level of smart growth, roadway engineering and roadway design attached to this traffic challenge," Davis said.

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