Un­der­age drink­ing tar­geted with ‘Lose the Booze’

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By KAYLA RI­VAS kri­[email protected]­dem.com

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.

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