It is the middle of the holiday season and many Maryland residents may be going from holiday party to holiday party, spending time with friends or getting together with family members. For many, the holidays are a time to enjoy a relaxing drink with friends or family, but Maryland police may be putting a stop to that. There was a recent press conference in which Maryland police pledged themselves to work towards cracking down on suspected drunk drivers with law enforcement officials from Maryland's three closest neighbors.
This new program has been using weekend saturation patrols and sobriety check points to stop hundreds, if not thousands, of drivers. While it is certainly important for the police to prevent dangerous behavior and keep motorists safe, there needs to be enough of a threat to warrant the Maryland police's implementation of such a troublesome and inconvenient drunk driving prevention program. Since Maryland is working on this crackdown with three other states, it would be reasonable to assume there were high numbers of drunk driving fatalities in each state, but there have only been 130 deaths in all four states over a three year period believed to be caused by impaired driving.
This joint project between Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania forms part of the states' National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness Month programs. The "Border-to-Border-to-Border-to-Border Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign" has made it clear that drivers who may have had a drink or two "will have no place to hide" within the four states.
If you are stopped this holiday season and arrested as part of Maryland's drunk driving crackdown, it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible. While a Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or a Driving While Impaired charge may seem like a minor offense, you could quickly lose your driver's license and spend time in jail.
Source: The Martinsburg Journal, "New Border-to-Border campaign to crack down on impaired drivers," Edward Marshall, Dec. 15, 2011