Im­paired driv­ing en­force­ment planned through Hal­loween

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EAS­TON — If your Hal­loween plans in­clude al­co­hol, the Mary­land State Po­lice is re­mind­ing driv­ers that troop­ers will be work­ing ad­di­tional im­paired driv­ing pa­trols through Hal­loween.

Bar­racks across Mary­land are us­ing im­paired driv­ing grant fund­ing from the MDOT/MVA Mary­land High­way Safety Of­fice to put ad­di­tional troop­ers on the road. These troop­ers will be sat­u­rat­ing ar­eas known to have a higher fre­quency of im­paired driv­ing ar­rests or crashes. The en­force­ment fo­cus of the troop­ers in these pa­trols will be solely on lo­cat­ing and ar­rest­ing im­paired driv­ers.

“Our mis­sion in­cludes do­ing all we can to make Mary­land roads safe,” State Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Colonel Wil­liam Pal­lozzi said. “Know­ing the fre­quency of im­paired driv­ing in­creases dur­ing this pe­riod, we are in­creas­ing our im­paired driv­ing pa­trols as part of our on­go­ing ef­forts to pro­tect those trav­el­ing on our roads from the deadly threat of im­paired driv­ers. Our troop­ers are part of a co­or­di­nated law en­force­ment ef­fort statewide to re­duce this threat by tak­ing im­paired driv­ers off our roads.”

Sat­u­ra­tion pa­trols for im­paired driv­ers will be unan­nounced. Lo­ca­tions and times of op­er­a­tions will var y. The ad­di­tional pa­trols will oc­cur through Wed­nes­day, Oct. 31.

Those us­ing al­co­hol dur­ing up­com­ing cel­e­bra­tions are urged to make plans for a sober driver to take them home be­fore they be­gin drink­ing. Mul­ti­ple trans­porta­tion op­tions are avail­able for those who will be drink­ing that keep them from be­hind the wheel.

It is es­ti­mated to cost some­one ar­rested for im­paired driv­ing about $10,000 for le­gal fees, fines, lost wages and mul­ti­ple other rea­sons, po­lice said.

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