Troop­ers to in­crease hol­i­day pa­trols

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PIKESVILLE — The Mary­land State Po­lice will be work­ing to en­sure mo­torists get to and from their travel des­ti­na­tion safely be­tween Christ­mas and New Year’s, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

Troop­ers from each of the 23 MSP bar­racks who pa­trol every county will con­tinue to fo­cus en­force­ment ef­forts on im­paired driv­ing, ag­gres­sive driv­ing, speed­ing, dis­tracted driv­ing and other vi­o­la­tions that of­ten con­trib­ute to high­way tragedies, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son.

Ex­tra hol­i­day traf­fic this week through New Year’s in­cludes ad­di­tional state troop­ers who will be us­ing a va­ri­ety of pa­trol ini­tia­tives to keep traf­fic mov­ing, re­spond quickly to high­way in­ci­dents and take ap­pro­pri­ate en­force­ment ac­tion when vi­o­la­tions are ob­served that threaten the safety of trav­el­ers, the re­lease states.

This week­end in­clement weather is fore­cast along the East Coast. Driv­ers are re­minded to re­duce speed and in­crease fol­low­ing dis­tances dur­ing pe­ri­ods of rain or snow. Check on travel con­di­tions by vis­it­ing md511. org or by di­al­ing 511.

Each year, more than 160 lives are lost and thou­sands more are in­jured in Mary­land in crashes in­volv­ing im­paired driv­ers, ac­cord­ing to the Mary­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion.

Troop­ers are urg­ing mo­torists to avoid im­paired driv­ing and plan for a des­ig­nated driver or a sober ride home.

Those at­tend­ing a Christ­mas or a New Year’s Eve gath­er­ing should des­ig­nate a sober driver in ad­vance. Those plan­ning on driv­ing should avoid drink­ing.

Con­sider us­ing pub­lic trans­porta- tion, call a taxi or use a ride-share ser­vice if you don’t have a sober driver.

Don’t let a friend drive if you think they are im­paired. If you see some­one who you be­lieve is driv­ing im­paired, call po­lice.

Those host­ing a Christ­mas or a New Year’s Eve gath­er­ing should re­mem­ber that they can be held li­able if some­one they serve al­co­hol to ends up in an im­paired-driv­ing crash. Serve plenty of food and non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

En­sure sober driv­ers or al­ter­na­tive modes of trans­porta­tion are set up in ad­vance for guests who are plan­ning to drink al­co­holic bev­er­ages. Have con­tact in­for­ma­tion for lo­cal taxi com­pa­nies and ride-share ser­vices read­ily avail­able. Take away the keys from any­one who is think­ing of driv­ing im­paired.

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