State police NASCAR vehicle to teach driving safety
By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI / Staff Writer
To remind motorists that aggressive driving is for the speedway and not the highway, Maryland State Police added a NASCAR stock car to its fleet Thursday.
The vehicle is an educational tool to be used in conjunction with traffic safety posters to increase public awareness of the dangers of reckless driving, said Cpl. Rob Moroney of the state police public affairs unit.
"We think it will have an impact," he said.
The NASCAR vehicle will be displayed at parades, carnivals and other events across the state, he said.
Moroney said the popularity of NASCAR racing made the stock car a perfect fit as a promotional tool.
A schedule of appearances has not been set and each barracks commander must request the stock car, he said.
The 400 horsepower Thunderbird can reach a speed of 130 mph but will not be used for racing, he said.