Extra Maryland state troopers on duty will work with several city and county police departments to crack down on drunk drivers over the Fourth of July weekend.
Using the year-old program called SPIDRE, Maryland State Police and local police departments have seen a 13 percent decrease in alcohol-related crashes.
Across Maryland, drunk and impaired driving has caused 856 deaths between 2009 and 2013. Impaired drivers caused 33 percent of those fatal crashes, authorities said.
Joining state troopers in the hunt for drunk drivers will be officers from Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County and Prince George’s County.
“If you decided to drink, don’t drive. Call a cab,” Chief Jim Johnson, Baltimore County Police, told WJZ TV.
Law enforcement agencies are using past drunk-driving data to patrol where impaired drivers are likely to be on the road.
“Our officers and troopers are strategically placed where we believe you will be,” Deputy Chief Hank Stawinski of Prince George’s County Police told the TV station.
Hurricane Arthur’s Impact on Maryland Roads
Troopers will also watch for any flooding or hazardous road conditions caused as Hurricane Arthur moves up the East Coast. If strong winds and heavy rains sweep into Maryland, drivers should be prepared for traffic lights that are not functioning properly.
To receive State Highway Administration updates on highway conditions, dial 5-1-1 or visit www.md511.org. To check traffic cameras, visit www.roads.maryland.gov and click on CHART. Up to the minute traffic advisories will also be listed there.