From Maryland State Police:
A cooperative focus on distracted drivers on April 27 along the northern portion of I-95 involved police from multiple departments, some of whom were using unconventional vehicles to identify more than 170 motorists stopped for violations related to driving while distracted.
Dubbed “Operation Trojan Horse,” police used marked and unmarked patrol cars, as well as Maryland Transportation Authority dump trucks during an operation from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on I-95 from Baltimore City to the Delaware line. Police involved included officers from the Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, and troopers from the JFK Highway, Bel Air, and North East barracks.
Troopers in the “Trojan Horses,” or the MDTA dump trucks, identified motorists who were distracted by using cell phones and hand held devices. Police units would then make a stop of the violator and then other supporting units would enforce the “Move Over” law while the stop was conducted. Troopers and officers would then explain the violations to the motorists and express the importance of compliance to these violations. Operation “Trojan Horse” was a concerted effort to enforce and educate motorists of the dangers of distracted driving and failing to move over for emergency vehicles.
This co-operative effort resulted in the following:
172 motorist contacts
1 safety equipment repair order
4 commercial vehicles inspected with 1 driver and 1 vehicle being placed out of service
2 drivers with suspended driver’s licenses
Initiatives of this type are already being planned for future enforcement operations.