Troopers to increase holiday patrols
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.