Maryland State Troopers prepare for Thanksgiving travel

Expect to see additional troopers on the roads
Posted at 10:59 AM, Nov 19, 2018

If you are planning on driving somewhere for Thanksgiving, expect to see more troopers on the roads. 

Maryland State Police say they are going to be using a variety of initiatives to keep traffic moving, respond quickly to highway accidents, and protect drivers. 

Starting on Wednesday night, troopers will be focusing enforcement efforts on impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving and other violations that often contribute to highway tragedies, especially during holiday seasons. 

This means more troopers on the roads thanks to a grant from the MDOT/MVA Maryland Highway Safety Office. 

Last Thanksgiving, troopers made 109 DUI arrests, stopped 9,033 vehicles, issued 1,815 speeding citations and 113 distracted driving citations, and made 34 criminal arrests and 20 drug arrests, while investigating 399 crashes, three of which involved fatalities.

If you are caught drinking and driving it could cost you up to $10,000 000 for legal fees, fines, lost wages, and more. If a crash is involved, the cost goes up exponentially, since a price cannot be placed on a life lost.