Sorry to be the one to tell you, but if you drive in Baltimore, you should become a better driver real fast. Or pay a fine.
At the very least, you’ll no longer be able to block intersections of downtown Baltimore with your car. And if you do, you’ll pay $125 for it. That’s no fun, is it?
The fine will be instated for people who “block the box,” meaning the intersection. This has been in the works for a while, with several unsuccessful iterations of the bill passed in recent months. But things are finally getting serious, and this new fine will begin to be implemented on Monday, October 15.
The city of Baltimore has been pushing for a traffic safety plan that would help the city’s roads be less congested and easier to navigate. Baltimore’s Transportation Director Michelle Pourciau said in a statement to the Baltimore Sun:
“Vehicles that enter an intersection when it’s not possible to cross all the way through create traffic bottlenecks and hazardous situations for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. We are optimistic that this campaign will change driver behavior and result in safer and more efficient travel for everyone in the city.”
Signs have already been posted all over town to warn drivers of this impending change in legislation. And trust me, the last thing you want is to test the enforcement of this law because I think traffic officers get a sort of sick pleasure of catching you doing something illegal on the road. But you know, also for safety purposes, it may be best to be more mindful next time you have a desire to drive into the intersection and “block the box.” I can also tell you it won’t get you to your destination any faster.
Courtesy of baltimoresun.com
What do you think about this new fine? Do you think this will be something on your radar or are you already the perfect driver? Share with us in the comments below!