Police across the state stayed busy over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, as a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) patrols netted 89 arrests, Maryland State Police said.
Operations were conducted by the Maryland State Police and were supplemented by a grant-funded DUI detail for the weekend provided by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office. The additional officers focused on identifying impaired drivers, a different tactic than establishing traditional DUI checkpoints.
Over the weekend, troopers arrested 89 people for driving under the influence, issued 999 speeding citations, 3,039 additional citations, 3,933 warnings, and conducted 5,843 traffic stops. Troopers also say they investigated 141 crashes over the weekend, including three that were deadly.
In Howard County alone there were 24 DUI arrests. The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort Team also made an additional 10 DUI arrests from March 13 to the 17th.
Police remind travelers to utilize sober drivers when imbibing or to refrain from drinking if driving is a must. County and state police will continue to coordinate and conduct impaired driving enforcement details throughout the year in an effort to move the state towards zero traffic deaths.