State police patrols increase during the holiday season

SALISBURY, Md. – Millions of people will be heading out to parties this upcoming New Year’s Eve, which is why police are reminding everyone to refrain from drunk driving.

According to AAA, New Year’s Day consistently ranks as one of the deadliest days for alcohol-related traffic deaths.

Maryland State Police says they will be stepping up their efforts to catch anyone driving under the influence.

They say it is critical that you have a designated driver if you are drinking.

Police say another option is to use services like Uber, so that you avoid getting behind the wheel after a night of drinking to keep from putting yourself or another person in danger.

“We need help from the community to make things safer, and we can’t be everywhere at once,” said Cpl. Michael Bowie at the Maryland State Police.

“We wish we could, we wish we could stop everyone from drinking and driving,” said Bowie, “It’s impossible. So, our efforts can only be maximized with efforts from the community, other people stepping in to kind of making sure others don’t drink and drive.”

Another tip is to simply go out to a party or bar that is within walking distance of your home so that there are less chances of you getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

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