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Maryland State Police To Increase Patrols Approaching St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up Tuesday, March 17, Maryland State Police remind those who are planning to celebrate with alcohol to keep safety in mind and avoid impaired, distracted and aggressive driving. Holidays can see an increase in the number of impaired drivers across the state. Maryland State Police will conduct saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks, focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers, starting this weekend.  Enforcement will be bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. Initiatives include saturation patrols, especially in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests and sobriety checkpoints which will be conducted in locations where experience indicates they are most appropriate. Additional troopers will be assigned as needed. During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2019, state police made 134 DUI arrests, 29 criminal arrests, and 33 drug-related arrests. Troopers also issued 1,001 speeding citations, 102 seat belt citations and 3,059 other citations. The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will also be out on patrol this weekend. Since its inception in May 2013, […]

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