MSP to set up patrols statewide for Labor Day weekend

MARYLAND – As the unofficial end to summer approaches this weekend, Maryland State Police say they are ready for impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers statewide.

With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this Labor Day weekend, state police will conduct patrols at each of the 23 barracks, focusing on impaired, aggressive, and distracted driving. The initiatives will take place on various days through Labor Day on September 5th, including saturation patrols in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests. DUI saturation patrols will be set up among the major highways across the state, including Route 50 from Anne Arundel County to Ocean City.

The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team will also be out this weekend, focusing on reducing alcohol-related crashes by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office, the state averaged 169 fatalities and 2,998 injuries due to impaired driving crashes annually between 2017 and 2021. Additionally, Maryland averaged 93 fatalities and 3,915 injuries due to speeding, 44 fatalities and 2,124 injuries due to aggressive driving, and 208 fatalities and 24,343 injuries due to distracted driving over the same span.

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