Law enforcement across the state of Maryland were on the lookout for drunk drivers this past Thanksgiving weekend and are aiming to spread the message that drunk driving will not be tolerated this holiday season. According to a WTOP.com news report, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reports that there has been an increase in drunk driving deaths during the holiday season in recent years, though the total number of drunk driving fatalities has decreased annually. As such, local law enforcement agencies enhance anti-drunk driving enforcement campaigns to keep “festive boozing” in check, citing the rise of driving under the influence (DUI)-related fatalities in the stretch between the Thanksgiving holiday and New Year’s Eve.
As part of the enhanced anti-DUI efforts, various law enforcement agencies in Maryland made a number of arrests and issued citations to those in violation of state law over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. During a DUI patrol in Garrett County, Maryland State Police issued 12 citations and made one arrest for driving under the influence. Police in Prince George’s County issued more than 100 tickets for different violations and made more than seven arrests for either drunk driving or DUI.
In addition, law enforcement targeted Route 1 in College Park, which is an area with many bars close to the University of Maryland. County Police made a total of 65 traffic stops on Thanksgiving eve and arrested seven people for driving under the influence.
With law enforcement across Maryland cracking down on drunk drivers, the chance that you may be the target of overzealous police tactics and wrongly arrested for driving under the influence is a strong possibility. If you are facing DUI charges in Maryland, it is very important that you contact an aggressive drunk driving defense lawyer to help protect your rights and ensure no mistakes were made during your arrest. Call (866) 444-6363 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable member of the Alpert Schreyer legal team.