Maryland State Police Arrest 89 For DUI Over St. Patrick’s Day Holiday

March 18, 2019

UPDATE: Maryland State Police arrested close to 100 people for driving while impaired and issued close to 1,000 speeding citations over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.

From March 16 to 18, 2019, troopers arrested 89 people for driving under the influence, issued 999 speeding citations, 3,039 additional citations and 3,933 warnings and conducted 5,843 traffic stops. State police also investigated 141 crashes, including three that were fatal, and answered 5,189 calls for service over that span.

This effort was due in part to saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints conducted throughout the state police’s 23 barracks. The additional enforcement over the weekend was bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.

The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, also assisted in the effort over the weekend. From March 13 to 17, the SPIDRE team made 10 DUI arrests. Since its inception in May 2013, the SPIDRE team has recorded 2,940 DUI arrests, 137 criminal arrests, and 8,955 traffic stops while also issuing 19,808 citations and 4,417 warnings. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol-related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, 558 people died on Maryland’s roads and roughly one-third of those involved impaired driving in 2017. Impaired drivers injured 3,200 in 2017. All of these deaths and injuries were preventable.

3/14/2019: With St. Patrick’s Day coming up on Sunday, Maryland State Police are urging those who plan to celebrate with alcohol to be safe and smart and avoid impaired, distracted and aggressive driving.

With an increase in impaired drivers expected throughout the state this weekend, state police will be conducting saturation patrols at each of the 23 barracks focusing on impaired, aggressive and distracted driving. Enforcement this weekend will be bolstered by impaired driving saturation patrol funds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.

Initiatives will include saturation patrols in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests and sobriety checkpoints, which are also conducted in locations where experience indicates they are most appropriate. Additional troopers will be assigned as needed. During last year’s St. Patrick’s Day holiday (March 16 to 18, 2018), state police made 105 DUI arrests, 32 criminal arrests, and 15 drug-related arrests. Troopers also issued 1,141 speeding citations, 90 seat belt citations and 2,700 other citations.

The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team, otherwise known as the SPIDRE team, will also be out in full force this weekend. From March 8 to 11 alone, the SPIDRE team made 17 DUI arrests. Since its inception in May 2013, the SPIDRE team has more than 2,900 DUI arrests, 130 criminal arrests, and nearly 9,000 traffic stops while also issuing close to 20,000 citations and about 4,500 warnings. The goal of the SPIDRE team is to focus on reducing alcohol-related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.

According to the Maryland Department of Transportation, 558 people died on Maryland’s roads and roughly one-third of those involved impaired driving in 2017. Impaired drivers injured 3,200 in 2017. All of these deaths and injuries were preventable.

If you are attending a St. Patrick’s Day gathering:

  • Designate your sober driver in advance and give that person your car keys.
  • If you’re planning on driving, avoid drinking.
  • Consider using public transportation, call a taxi or use a ride-share service if you don’t have a sober driver.
  • Don’t let a friend drive if you think they are impaired.
  • If you see someone who you believe is driving impaired, call the police.
  • Always buckle up.
  • Don’t text, use a cellphone that is not hands-free or drive distracted.

If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day gathering:

  • Remember, you can be held liable if someone you served alcohol to ends up in an impaired-driving crash.
  • Serve plenty of food an non-alcoholic beverages
  • Ensure sober drivers or alternative modes of transportation are set up in advance for guest who are planning to drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Have contact information for local taxi companies readily available.
  • Take away the keys away from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.


13 Responses to Maryland State Police Arrest 89 For DUI Over St. Patrick’s Day Holiday

  1. Charles on March 14, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Anyone that goes out deserves to get busted

    • The Dude on March 17, 2019 at 12:32 pm

      Even if they didn’t do anything illegal? That’s harsh.

      • Charles on March 17, 2019 at 6:34 pm

        Well it’s sad when people use other cultures holidays as an excuse to drink (ie Saint Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, etc). I guess I’m above acting like a cretin at a bar

        • The REAL Truth on March 18, 2019 at 3:49 pm

          You are talking about a community of people who, not to long ago, used to celebrate the opening of a bar (Tiki) and it was the highlight of their entire year!

          You are wasting your breath!

        • Anonymous on March 21, 2019 at 7:47 am

          Cinco de Mayo is a joke – celebrating victory over the French for one battle? Seriously? Who has actually lost a battle to the French?

          And I’m Irish, so St. Patrick’s Day IS my culture. Not that we Irishmen need a reason to drink.

      • Heike on March 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        It is illegal to drive while intoxicated!

  2. Father Angus Murphy on March 15, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Stay at home on St. Patty’s, have Shepherd’s pie,
    It’s not quite as festive, but no one will die.
    Ya can still have a pint during or after yer food,
    ‘Least ya won’t be roadside, stumblin’ and screwed.
    So from your good senses, don’t run astray,
    and to all have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day.
    Be safe and God Bless.

  3. Anonymous on March 18, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    What was the SoMD stats?

    • The Media on March 20, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      0 near the F.O.P. lounge.

  4. Nate on March 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Wow, getting a lot of $$ for the county

    • Anonymous on March 20, 2019 at 10:50 am

      0 Citations issues in St. Mary’s or Calvert… they were busy attending to 3 accidents on the Bridge that night.

  5. Anonymous on March 18, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    With Uber, Lyft, and Taxi’s it is unbelievable that there are that many ignorant, selfish, reckless, and careless people still driving drunk. 89 is just who they caught. I guarantee there were 3 or 4 times that many that knew they shouldn’t drive and happened to be lucky enough not to get caught or kill someone. I hope they throw the book at all of them, there is no good excuse to drive drunk and they all knew they were taking a chance with their lives and the lives of everyone on the road with them.

  6. Charles on March 18, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Those 89 people that got busted deserved it. That’s what happens when you go out drinking

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