Police Plan Stringent DUI Enforcement for Coming Labor Day Weekend
PIKESVILLE, Md. (August 30, 2010)—State and local police did not wait for the Labor Day Weekend to increase DUI enforcement and as a result, hundreds of Maryland motorists who chose to drink and drive this past weekend found themselves under arrest.
Police across Maryland arrested 312 motorists for driving under the influence over the weekend. Of those, state police arrested 122 intoxicated drivers during a variety of road patrol, sobriety checkpoints, and saturation patrols throughout the state focused on identifying and apprehending those who were behind the wheel after drinking.
Maryland State Police have joined with county and municipal police in the national impaired driving enforcement effort underway which is identified in this region as Checkpoint Strikeforce. Every state trooper on road patrol, and not just those assigned to checkpoints or saturation patrols, is on heightened alert for drunk drivers, especially during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Additional Maryland state troopers will be on patrol throughout the upcoming holiday weekend. Troopers from specialized units will be working road patrol. Federal and state grant funding for DUI enforcement will also provide for extra troopers on overtime who will supplement the normal patrol force.