Officials Urge Motorists to Make a Plan to Get Home Safely
With the Fourth of July arriving at the end of a long weekend, state officials are preparing for an increase in drunk drivers this Independence Day. To combat this increase and save lives on Maryland roadways, officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland State Police will detail their efforts to target impaired drivers through an elite team known as the State Police Impaired DRiving Effort (SPIDRE) on Thursday, June 30 at 10 a.m.
The SPIDRE Team is a series of data-driven, highly focused patrols dedicated to removing impaired drivers from Maryland’s roadways. To reduce impaired driving crashes, the SPIDRE team and other police agencies will be out in full force over the holiday weekend, which has the potential to be a deadly weekend. The National Safety Council predicts more than 460 people may be killed nationwide during the Fourth of July holiday – making it the highest predicted number since 2008.
Impaired driving is one of Maryland’s highest priority traffic safety issues. On average, 170 people have died every year over the past five years as a result of alcohol- or drug-impaired driving. Impaired driving continues to be one of the most common causes of roadway fatalities in Maryland.