Underage drinking targeted with ‘Lose the Booze’
EASTON — As recent high school graduates spent Senior Week in Ocean City and more people are planning summer vacations, Maryland State Police remain ready for an expected increase in underage, impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers on the Eastern Shore.
Under the “Lose the Booze” campaign, troopers from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack conducted 4,071 total traffic stops, issued 1,764 citations and gave 3,238 warnings, according to recently updated data from Commander Lt. Prendi Garcia.
Troopers also issued 119 civil citations for alcohol and possession of marijuana less than 10 grams, recorded 52 DUI arrests, 29 adult drug arrests and 33 arrest warrants, Garcia said.
“We locked up 16 adults and 4 juveniles for other crimes, ranging from theft to second-degree assault and more,” Garcia said.
All of the data above was just from the month of June alone.
Other agencies that are assisting State Police in Dorchester, Talbot and Caroline counties are the Easton Police Department, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.
Among the other Maryland State Police units that are participating in the campaign are the State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort team, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Motor Unit and K-9 Unit. The increased effort to combat underage, impaired, aggressive and distracted driving will continue throughout the summer. Garcia also said there have been 217 DUI arrests already made so far this year.
According to state law, those under 21 cited for possession of alcohol could be fined up to $500. Those cited for supplying alcohol to those under 21 could be fined up to $2,500 in Maryland.
“We are committed to our communities and efforts to make them safe,” Garcia said.