Mary­land State Po­lice to in­crease pa­trols in prepa­ra­tion for Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day

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With ex­tra traf­fic ex­pected this Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day, Mary­land State Po­lice will have ad­di­tional troop­ers on pa­trol who will be us­ing a va­ri­ety of 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.

Be­gin­ning Wed­nes­day night, troop­ers from each of the 23 Mary­land State Po­lice bar­racks statewide will be fo­cus­ing en­force­ment ef­forts on im­paired driv­ing, ag­gres­sive driv­ing, speed­ing, dis­tracted driv­ing and other vi­o­la­tions that of­ten con­trib­ute to high­way tragedies, es­pe­cially dur­ing hol­i­day sea­sons. 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.

Troop­ers are urg­ing trav­el­ers not to drive dis­tracted, im­paired or ag­gres­sively and to make traf­fic safety their first pri­or­ity when­ever they are be­hind the wheel. Last Thanks­giv­ing week­end (Nov. 22-26, 2017), troop­ers made 109 DUI ar­rests, stopped 9,033 ve­hi­cles, is­sued 1,815 speed­ing ci­ta­tions and 113 dis­tracted driv­ing ci­ta­tions, and made 34 crim­i­nal ar­rests and 20 drug ar­rests, while in­ves­ti­gat­ing 399 crashes, three of which in­volved fa­tal­i­ties.

It is es­ti­mated to cost some­one ar­rested for im­paired driv­ing about $10,000 for le­gal fees, fines, lost wages and mul­ti­ple other rea­sons. That cost is just for a sim­ple ar­rest. If a crash is in­volved, the cost goes up ex­po­nen­tially, since a price can­not be placed on a life lost.

Driv­ers can check travel con­di­tions and de­lays be­fore trav­el­ing. MDOT State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion pro­vides up-to-date traf­fic and road con­di­tions at roads.mary­land.gov, or chart.state. md.us. Traf­fic con­di­tions are also avail­able at md511.org, or by safely di­al­ing 511 on your cell phone.

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