Maryland State Police will be out in full force over the long Fourth of July holiday weekend looking for aggressive drivers, speeders and people driving under the influence of alcohol. The Maryland State Police is aiming for a safe holiday weekend and will also be checking to see whether people are wearing seatbelts and whether any children in vehicles are properly restrained.
Every holiday can mean extra traffic on the road, more accidents and increased DUI arrests, including the Fourth of July. According to Delmarva Now, there will be troopers in all 22 barracks across Maryland involved in the safety and enforcement effort and an additional 75 officers working overtime this weekend.
Police will be looking for people who are speeding or violating traffic laws as well as people who are driving while intoxicated. DUI arrests are a priority for the officers. All of the 22 barracks will each have a saturation patrol, which is a group of officers that steps up DUI enforcement in areas known to have many DUI arrests.
The Maryland State Police will also be helping in Baltimore during Fourth of July events at the Inner Harbor. They will assist the Baltimore Police Department in making the festivities safe and running smoothly. According to Delmarva Now, last year, 163 people were arrested for DUI during the Fourth of July weekend. Police also made 129 other arrests for assorted criminal charges. Car accidents resulted in seven fatalities.
Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July holiday weekend in Maryland.