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Photo by Jim Davis. Prince George’s County Police officers conducted a number of checkpoints throughout the county during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Published on: Thursday, March 21, 2013
By Jim Davis
Over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Prince George’s County Police Department conducted several sobriety checkpoints throughout the county that resulted in 13 people arrested for driving under the influence and at least 85 citations.
St. Patrick’s Day has become a popular holiday to celebrate. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of impaired drivers, St. Patrick’s Day has also become very dangerous.
Last year, Maryland law enforcement stopped more than 3,500 vehicles and arrested 176 people for DUI during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Also, there were 68 alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, resulting in two fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 700 people were killed nationwide in crashes involving a drunk driver during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2006 to 2010.
The checkpoints — called Project Saving Our Loved Ones — are part of a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking. This effort deploys mass patrols on area roads that are known to have higher instances of impaired driving arrests and alcohol related crashes.
“Impaired driving is a grave issue that results in the death of someone in Maryland every 57 hours,” said John Kuo, administrator of Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
According to Julie Parker, spokesperson for Prince George’s County Police Department, the Project Saving Our Loved Ones will run on designated nights through May.