Troopers grabbed boozing bozos from highways in record numbers over Labor Day
(PIKESVILLE, MD) – From a special enforcement effort in Prince Georges County to chasing down highway hellions on interstates, Maryland State Troopers clamped down on drunk drivers and other idiots over Labor Day.
The Labor Day weekend efforts of the Maryland State Police had a positive effect on reducing crashes and keeping the public safe to enjoy the last holiday of summer.
Preliminary information indicates from September 4 through September 7, 2015, troopers made approximately 8,075 traffic stops. They issued 5,493 citations and 4,720 warnings. There were 126 drunk driving arrests and 866 repair orders issued for defective vehicle equipment.
In support of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, S.P.I.D.R.E., a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, was out this weekend in areas of Prince George’s County where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. The team arrested 20 impaired drivers and issued over 120 citations. Five of those drivers arrested were repeat offenders.
The traffic enforcement efforts of the Maryland State Police led to criminal violations as well. Troopers made 65 arrests and an additional 75 wanted people were arrested on outstanding criminal warrants.
Troopers assigned to the Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore regions worked the Operation SHOWBOAT initiative and inundated the Route 50 corridor from the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City. Operation Millipede enforcement efforts placed troopers along the entire I-95/I-495 corridor from the Delaware to Virginia state lines. Both operations successfully contributed to highway safety this weekend. During these initiatives there were no fatal or serious crashes.
The Maryland State Police continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign. These high visibility enforcement efforts reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and other driving violations are contributing factors to crashes on Maryland roads. Troopers will continue initiatives throughout the year.