Media Advisory: State Officials Prepare For Increase in Drunk Drivers This Holiday Weekend

June 29, 2016

Officials Urge Motorists to Make a Plan to Get Home Safely

MSP Loenardtown464With 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.

3 Responses to Media Advisory: State Officials Prepare For Increase in Drunk Drivers This Holiday Weekend

  1. AliceW on June 29, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Should have made this announcement on the 5th for best results. Hopefully I will see this same notice next year prior to Cinco de Mayo!

  2. Tell You What on June 29, 2016 at 10:09 am

    If you’re dumb enough to drink at a public place and drive then you deserve to get locked up. Simple as that.

  3. Anonymous on June 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    OK, now how many check points are going to be near an FOP lounge?