Cinco de Mayo is holiday which celebrates Mexican heritage and commemorates the Mexican army’s victory during Battle of the Puebla. This day has become a celebration not only in Mexico but in the United States as well. Cinco de Mayo has also become one of a handful of holidays throughout the year that has become synonymous with drinking as partygoers around the country. Regardless of heritage, friends and family get together to have fun, and likely a few drinks. As such, drunk driving is especially a problem on this holiday as some may choose to act carelessly and get behind the wheel after drinking.
In order to prevent dangerous DUI (driving under the influence) accidents, the Anne Arundel County Police Department is stepping up DUI enforcement on Saturday, May 5. The Odenton-Severn Patch reports that County police will be coordinating efforts with various law enforcement agencies. They will assign additional officers to DUI enforcement throughout the county. In addition, officers will target roads with previous high rates of drunk driving-related accidents and arrests.
The County police state that DUI saturation patrols in MD are consistently effective for removing impaired drivers from the road. Even so, they are only part of an overall strategy of enforcement, prevention, and education to reduce DUI-related accidents.
We encourage all drivers to celebrate responsibly on May 5 and throughout the rest of the year. However, increased DUI enforcement during holidays may also mean innocent motorists are the target of overzealous law enforcement. If you have been arrested for drunk driving in the state, the Maryland drunk driving defense lawyers at the law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help defend you against harsh punishments. To discuss your case with us, please call (866) 952-1500 at any time of the day or night.