(PIKESVILLE, MD) – This past Memorial Day Weekend, the Maryland State Police turned up the heat on traffic enforcement with hundreds stopped for a variety of violations.
During the Memorial Day weekend over 11,000 vehicles were stopped by troopers. Preliminary statistics indicate approximately 8,628 traffic citations were issued along with approximately 5,421 warnings. An additional 107 motorists were found to be operating a motor vehicle while impaired. Another 87 were arrested for drug offenses and 111 were arrested for various other criminal violations.
Troopers conducted traffic enforcement initiatives such as, Operations Millipede and Showboat, throughout Maryland during the unofficial start of the summer travel season. During this Memorial Day weekend, each state police installation turned up the heat on Maryland roads. Additional initiatives will continue during the upcoming months focusing on impaired or distracted drivers, speeding and aggressive motorists, as well as those electing not to properly use safety restraints.
The Maryland State Police encourage all motorists to be considerate and patient while traveling. Remove as many distractions while driving and never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. If you are impaired, call a friend or family member, use public transportation or stay where you are. If you see a driver you think is impaired or driving a vehicle in an unsafe manner, keep your distance and dial 9-1-1.
These efforts are to reduce the number of aggressive driving motor vehicle crashes in which speed, alcohol and any other aggressive driving violations are contributing factors. The Maryland State Police will continue to support the Maryland Highway Safety Office’s ‘Move Toward Zero Deaths’ campaign.