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All 50 states, including Maryland, define drunk driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent as a crime. Now the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) wants to lower that threshold to .05 BAC to further reduce the number of drunk driving accident injuries and deaths. Currently about 10,000 people in the U.S. are killed every year in alcohol related motor vehicle crashes. The NTSB feels those are 10,000 good reasons to re-examine the nation’s legal definition of drunken driving.

In the early 1980s, public safety awareness groups brought more attention to the issue of drunk driving, with many states establishing a rate of .15 BAC to demonstrate intoxication. Over the next two decades, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) brought more attention to this deadly traffic safety problem, with all states adopting a .08 BAC by 2004.

According to, “The number of alcohol-related highway fatalities…dropped from 20,000 in 1980 to 9,878 in 2011, the NTSB said.”

At .08 BAC, a 180-pound man is likely to hit the legal limit if he consumes about four drinks in one hour. If the legal limit were lowered to .05 BAC, that same man could reach the threshold for being legally drunk after two to three drinks in the same time period.

Restaurant industry representatives object to the NTSB’s recommendation, saying that many women, due to their size, would reach the legal limit after just one drink. The safety board counters that more than 100 countries on six continents have set BAC limits at 0.05 or lower. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a new chart showing that at a BAC of .05, drivers show “reduced coordination, reduced ability to track moving objects, difficulty steering, (and) reduced response to emergency driving situations.”

Also, other factors come into play in drunk driving accident cases, such as whether the driver was on medication at the time of the crash, as well as prior history of drunk driving arrests.

Maryland Drunken Driving Laws

Despite all states having the current .08 BAC legal limit on their books, traffic laws and penalties vary from state to state. Maryland’s drunk driving laws are actually tougher than in some states. For example, drivers who are caught with a higher BAC (.15) may be subject to increased penalties and, if convicted, must use an ignition interlock device. Maryland also enforces a 45-day administrative suspension of driver’s license for first offenders, with limited driving privileges during the suspension period. Of note: 154 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in Maryland in 2010 (Source: Maryland Traffic Safety Facts 2006 – 2010, NHTSA).

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Drunken-Driving Limit Should Be Lowered to .05, NTSB Says
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Drunk Driving Laws by State

Maryland Drunk Driving Laws

Long holiday weekends statistically rack up more fatal drunk driving crashes than normal weekends. According to national traffic accident data, Memorial Day Weekend is the deadliest of all holiday weekends on U.S. roads and highways. Statistics showing holiday weekend traffic crash fatalities in order of most people killed are as follows:

Memorial Day: 473 killed (42% alcohol impaired driving)
New Year’s Day: 468 killed (40% alcohol impaired driving)
Thanksgiving: 411 killed (34% alcohol impaired driving)
Fourth of July: 410 killed (40% alcohol impaired driving)
Labor Day: 360 killed (38% alcohol impaired driving)
Christmas: 262 killed (37% alcohol impaired driving)

(Source: U.S. Dept. of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, FARS/GES 2009 Data Summary)

Memorial Day, historically, has been a day to remember those who’ve given their lives in the Armed Services as well as other loved ones who have passed away. It also signals the beginning of summer, and many Maryland workers get that Monday off.

Baltimore County car accident injury lawyers like us know that a long holiday weekend filled with summer kickoff cookouts and other get-togethers — and lots of beer, wine, and cocktails flowing — can turn disastrous in a heartbeat. The increased traffic volume on Memorial Day weekend makes driving in Maryland that much more challenging.

AAA Mid-Atlantic told The Baltimore Sun that we may see a slight decrease in Memorial Day 2013 traffic in Maryland. This may be due to steep gas prices. Still, heavy traffic is expected. The Sun reports:

The Maryland Transportation Authority anticipates 1.8 million motorists will use the state’s toll roads, bridges and tunnels between Friday and Monday. The Fort McHenry Tunnel, Interstate 95 north of Baltimore and the twin spans of the Bay Bridge will bear the brunt of the traffic.

So please, give yourself plenty of time to travel this weekend, and whatever you do: Drive sober. Drive defensively. Be on the lookout for other Maryland drivers who may be speeding, weaving, tailgating, driving intoxicated, texting or using cell phones while driving — or all of the above.

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration reports that traffic accidents are the number-one killer of kids and young adults ages 4 to 34 in Md. — more than homicides. A five-year average estimates 580 fatal crashes and more than 36,000 crashes with injuries on Maryland roadways every year. NHTSA reports that 162 people were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in Maryland in 2009. Memorial Day Weekend is statistically the riskiest holiday weekend to be on the road all year. Drive like your life — and someone else’s — depends on it.

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Maryland Bill Targets Drunk Drivers Who Transport Minors, Proposes Ignition Locks (Dec. 2012)

When Police Officers Deliver Tragic News : Someone Has Been Killed in a Maryland Drunk Driving Accident (Oct. 2011)


State workers ready to untangle Memorial Day traffic snarls
The Baltimore Sun May 21, 2013
Maryland Crash Statistics
Maryland Dept. of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Administration

Fatality Analysis Reporting System : General Estimates System : 2009 DATA SUMMARY (PDF) 2009

What’s worse than a drunk driver on Maryland roadways putting themselves and other motorists and pedestrians at risk? A drunk driver with kids in the car. Baltimore County drunk driving accident injury lawyers like us will tell you…motor vehicle crashes caused by alcohol-impaired drivers involving innocent children are some of the most heart-breaking cases we handle.

Maryland State Delegate Sam Arora (D – Montgomery County) would agree – and wants to prevent such reckless behavior from happening by adding teeth to Maryland DUI laws. Mr. Arora is sponsoring a new bill at the Maryland State House that would require drunk drivers caught transporting children while under the influence of alcohol to install an ignition lock device in their vehicles – and check their sobriety every time they attempt to drive.

Maryland House Bill 0032, “Drunk Driving – Transporting Minor – Ignition Interlock System Program,” sponsored by Delegate Arora, was pre-filed in the House on Sept. 4, 2012 and is scheduled for First Reading by the Judiciary for Jan. 9, 2013.

Current Maryland drunken driving law does not require drunk drivers to install an ignition interlock device unless they are found to be nearly double over the legal blood alcohol concentration limit at .15 BAC. (The legal limit is .08 BAC.) Arora believes that drunk drivers found with children in the car are putting innocents at risk, and the laws to prevent them from harming children should be tougher.

Arora would like the Maryland drunk driving laws changed to require drunk drivers with a BAC of .08 or more and children in the vehicle to install the ignition interlock breathalyzer device. The device works much as the police dept. breathalyzer test: The suspected drunk driver breathes into the device and it records his or her blood alcohol concentration level. If the level is at or above the legal limit, the driver will not be able to engage the ignition of the vehicle.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) commended Mr. Aurora for introducing the Maryland bill, and agreed with him that Maryland needs tougher drunk driving laws to protect children. The MADD website states: “In 2011, Maryland mildly improved on their drunk driving law by requiring ignition interlocks for all repeat and first time offenders with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater. Maryland could see a significant decline in DUI related deaths, if these devices were required for all offenders.”

Maryland is among several states with a DUI Child Endangerment statute on the books, which allows for additional penalties for a drunk driving conviction with a child passenger in a vehicle. Mr. Aurora would like to prevent alcohol impaired drivers in Maryland from ever getting behind the wheel and driving intoxicated with a child in their car or truck again.

He writes on his website: “Driving drunk with a child in the car is beyond reckless, and we have the tools to save lives. There is no better way to protect these children than ensuring that their drivers are sober.”

We couldn’t agree more.

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When Police Officers Deliver Tragic News : Someone Has Been Killed in a Maryland Drunk Driving Accident (Oct. 2011)


Maryland to Consider Ignition Breathalyzer for Adults Who Drive Children While Drunk
Maryland Delegate Sam Arora website Dec. 19, 2012
HB 0032 Drunk Driving – Transporting Minor – Ignition Interlock System Program
Maryland General Assembly website collected Dec. 19, 2012

When it comes to tragic stories about injury and death on Maryland roads and highways, an experienced Hunt Valley, Md. personal injury lawyer has heard plenty. Our job is to help grieving clients through the legal process when a loved one has been injured or killed in a traffic crash, and another party is held liable. The stories we hear are heartbreaking, especially when traffic accidents could have been prevented. Drunk driving crashes fall in this category. A moment of poor judgment can lead to a life of heartache and regret — on all sides.

While the holidays are a joyous time, each one brings the risk of celebrants drinking too much and getting behind the wheel. With Thanksgiving being the most heavily travelled time of year, the risk of being in a serious Maryland car accident — whether caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol, distracted driving, speeding, or other risk factors — increases. In fact, the volume of cars and trucks on MD roadways is expected to increase this Thanksgiving week.

AAA predicts a 3.5 percent increase in overall 2011 Thanksgiving travel (including auto travel, air travel, and travel by rail), The Baltimore Sun reports.

For Maryland, AAA projects that 871,000 residents will travel 50 miles or more between Wednesday and Sunday to get where they need to go for Thanksgiving. Of that number, a whopping 799,000 are expected to travel by automobile. That’s a whole lot of Marylanders traversing the state via highways, city streets, secondary roads, and rural Maryland back roads — many tired and in a rush. Throw alcohol in the mix and you can understand why the Thanksgiving holiday comes with additional road travel risks.

Car accident injury attorneys are naturally concerned about Maryland drunk driving (DUI) crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday week. Many people enjoy celebrating the holiday feast with some beer, wine, or cocktails. It’s football season, and for many Baltimore Ravens and Md. college football fans, beer and games go together like chips and dip. The problem arises when people consume alcohol and then think they’re fine to get in their cars and drive home or someplace else.

Maryland Drunk Driving Statistics
Roughly one in three traffic accident deaths in Maryland involves alcohol-impaired driving. While overall car crash fatalities in Maryland have statistically been on the decline — 547 deaths in 2009 compared to 591 deaths in 2008 — the percentage of deadly crashes involving drunken driving has risen — from 25 percent (145 deaths) in 2008 to 30 percent (162 deaths) in 2009. (Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Maryland 2005 – 2009)

So be safe out there this Thanksgiving season. Maryland State Police will be out in force looking to stop motorists driving under the influence of alcohol, before they ruin their own — or some other innocent family’s — holiday.

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AAA projects 3.5 percent holiday travel rise
The Baltimore Sun Nov. 18, 2011
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The Baltimore Sun: Commuting and Traffic Resources

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

In our 20+ years of work as Baltimore County, Maryland drunk driver accident injury lawyers, we’ve seen firsthand the terrible toll drunk driving crashes take on individuals and families. In an instant, lives are changed forever. In 2009, 162 people died in alcohol-related traffic crashes in Maryland — an increase from the 145 Md. drunk-driving fatalities in 2008*. People who survive these crashes may suffer serious injuries, including debilitating brain and spine injuries. All because someone got behind the wheel and drove under the influence of alcohol in Maryland.

Baltimore County, Md. injury attorneys understand the grief families suffer when a drunk driving crash claims the life of a loved one. Maryland law enforcers also work with families who suffer tremendous loss in these traffic crashes. In fact, police are charged with the unimaginably difficult task of informing a family that a loved one has been killed in a drunk driving crash.

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) announced a new training program to help law enforcement learn how to inform families of a drunk driving related death. MADD found that police officers are often not adequately trained to deliver such unthinkable news. According to a MADD blog article:

A 2001 University of Florida study found that 41 percent of death notifiers had received neither classroom nor experiential training in death notification, although 70 percent had performed at least one notification. As a result, most victims report that this type of early interaction added grief to their experience, rather than making it easier.

MADD works to train law enforcement on compassionate ways to deliver death notifications and to offer families resources to deal with their grief. The organization recently announced plans to create an online course for Oct. 2012 that will help “train officers, first responders, social workers and medical personnel on how to compassionately deliver death notifications.”

Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) works to raise public awareness about preventing drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. The organization lobbies lawmakers to strengthen laws against drunk driving. MADD’s National President, Jan Withers, who comes from Maryland, campaigned to lower the illegal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) for drivers from a .10 BAC to a .08 BAC, both on the national level and in our state of Maryland. MADD also puts human faces on drunk driving fatality statistics.

As Sparks, Maryland DUI / DWI accident injury attorneys, we sympathize with our clients and with every family who has suffered a loss due to a drunk driver.

*Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Maryland : 2005-2009 (PDF)

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Preparing officers for a life altering task
MADD Oct. 26, 2011
Police trained in delivering tragic news
USA Today Oct. 25, 2011

Labor Day weekend is nearly upon us. Here in Baltimore County, Md. and around the country, the long holiday weekend gives people one last chance to enjoy some R&R with family and friends before the fall school schedule swings into gear. Like all other holiday weekends, Labor Day is also a time of heavier traffic … and alcohol consumption.

More alcohol + more traffic on Maryland roads and highways is a bad combination that leads to serious and deadly Baltimore County auto accidents.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced its annual public awareness campaign to curb alcohol and drug impaired driving now through Labor Day Weekend. NHTSA’s Impaired Driving Division works cooperatively with law enforcement partners to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related healthcare and economic costs resulting from impaired driving (that is, driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs).

Maryland Drunk Driving Fatality Statistics

Baltimore County, Md. accident injury attorneys work with families where a loved one has been injured or killed in a Maryland car crash.

Sadly, a contributing factor in nearly one-third of these serious and fatal Maryland traffic accidents is drinking and driving. NHTSA reports that of the 547 traffic accident deaths in Md. in 2009 — 30% involved alcohol impaired driving above the legal limit of .08 BAC. While overall car crash fatalities in Maryland have trended downwards — 547 deaths in 2009 compared to 591 deaths in 2008 — the percentage of deadly crashes involving drunk driving has actually risen, from 25% in 2008 to 30% in 2009.

An experienced Baltimore car accident lawyer will tell you — even one auto accident death is one too many. The statistics show we still have a ways to go to reduce drunk driving in Maryland. The National Strategy to Stop Impaired Driving includes advocating for…

> Highly visible law enforcement
> Increased drunk driver apprehension and adjudication
> Ignition interlock systems on automobiles for drivers with a history of drunk driving (to avoid recidivism and repeat drunken driving accidents)

> Programs that aid motorists in reporting drunk drivers to law enforcement, e.g., when they observe erratic drivers on the road. In Maryland, this is typically handled via a 911 general emergency called in via the #77 program, which routes the call to the Maryland State Police Barracks. The Maryland program is in place for motorists to report drunk or aggressive drivers. This program’s limitations, reports NHTSA, include incomplete information from callers, not enough police on duty to respond to calls reporting drunk drivers, and/or insufficient cause for police to stop the suspected drunk drivers.

Please be safe this Labor Day weekend in Maryland. Don’t drink and drive. If a friend or family member has had too much holiday cheer, take the keys and give them a ride. If you observe someone driving erratically on Md. roads or highways, use the #77 system in Maryland to drop a dime and alert law enforcement. We all have a part to play in making Maryland roads and highways safer — over the long Labor Day holiday weekend and all year ’round.

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Stop Impaired Driving

Maryland #77 Program

Maryland State Highway Administration : Safety Programs

As of this past April, 37 states had laws on the books holding liquor vendors liable or partially liable for serving patrons who become intoxicated and then get in drunk driving auto accidents causing injury, death, or damages. These are called “dram shop acts” or “dram shop laws” — and Maryland is not among states with such laws in place.

This is in part why a fatal DUI car accident case out of Montgomery County, Maryland, is garnering attention.

According to media reports, in Aug. 2008, a Fairfax, Va. man was consuming drinks at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, Md. News reports state that the individual consumed a staggering 14 drinks and 2 shots — before starting a second tab. Restaurant staff reportedly served the individual 3 more beers and another shot, after which he got behind the wheel of his Land Rover. He reportedly drove south on Interstate 270 at speeds between 88 and 98 mph, crashing into a Jeep Grand Cherokee and killing a 10 year old girl sitting in the back. The child’s guardians sued the restaurant for $3.25 million in Dec. 2010.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Eric M. Johnson is considering whether to send the lawsuit to trial, holding the Dogfish restaurant partially liable for this drunken driving crash that killed a child. The driver is serving eight years in jail with two years suspended for manslaughter.

A Baltimore County car accident injury attorney follows cases such as this one, when liability in a drunk driving accident is called into question. The judge’s move in this case has been described as “gutsy,” given Maryland has no dram shop law on the books. A Maryland news source writes that, “Maryland judges have previously ruled that creating dram shop laws should be the duty of the state legislation or appellate courts, not trial courts.”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) writes that, “The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day (36% versus 9%).” In 2008, NHTSA reported that 11,773 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes — that’s nearly a third of all auto accident fatalities. (Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Data: Alcohol Impaired Driving.)

Maryland has seen a recent uptick in drunk-driving fatalities, after three years of numbers declining: 145 people died in Maryland drunk driver accidents in 2008, compared to 162 deaths in 2009 (Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts Maryland: 2005 – 2009.) It will be interesting to see if this Montgomery County case has an impact on laws related to Maryland drunk driving accidents and vendor liability.

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Maryland Governor Aims to Curb Drunk Driving Traffic Accidents and Deaths Feb. 5, 2010

Judge to write second decision on Dogfish case: Defense argues case should not go to trial because no applicable Maryland law exists : Maryland Community News Online June 29, 2011
Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg sued for enabling drunk driving
The Baltimore Sun Dec. 16, 2010

Alcohol 101: Dram Shop Liability and Legislation: Holding Retailers Accountable for Injury and Damages
The Marin Institute

Blame it on the economy and high gas prices…and maybe a little Maryland driver fatigue.

AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that Maryland traffic this 4th of July holiday weekend will be 2 percent lighter than last year, with an estimated 760,000 Maryland drivers taking to our state’s roads and highways. Those who aren’t piling into their cars, minivans, and SUVs to seek fun in the Maryland sun may opt for the “staycation” alternative instead. That is, leaving the family auto parked in the driveway is cheaper and safer than jockeying with other July 4 motorists.

But fewer July 4 holiday drivers doesn’t mean driving this weekend in Maryland is without risks. Any holiday brings with it the risk of drunk driving accidents. A cooler full of beer is a backyard barbecue staple at many homes — particularly on a hot Fourth of July afternoon.

People get into trouble, however, when they knock back a few drinks as they celebrate the Independence Day holiday, and then think they’re OK to drive home over Maryland back roads, highways, and Baltimore city streets. You don’t have to be falling down drunk to be impaired and a risk to yourself and other motorists and pedestrians on the roadways. Statistics tell a sobering story:

> The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2008, a total 591 Maryland traffic accident deaths occurred.

> Of those Md. traffic accident fatalities, 26% of drivers had blood-alcohol content (BAC) levels above the legal limit of .08

> Others had even more to drink before hitting the road and becoming involved in fatal Maryland auto crashes: 16% of drivers had a BAC of .15+

> Still, a percentage of drivers involved in fatal Md. auto accidents had BACs below the legal limit — but still had some alcohol in their systems: NHTSA reports that 6% of drivers had a BAC between .01 and .07 %, bringing the total number of drivers in fatal auto crashes in Maryland in 2008 with a BAC of .01 or higher to 31%. That’s nearly a third of all fatal crashes in Md. involving alcohol. (Source: NHTSA Traffic Safety Facts 2008 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving)

The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland State Police will be out in force this July 4 holiday weekend, with DUI saturation patrols looking to find and stop drunk drivers. Last year, Maryland police arrested 163 people for drunk driving over the July 4 weekend — issuing more than 7,000 traffic citations and 5,000 warnings. Seven people died in Maryland auto accidents over the last 4th of July holiday. As an experienced Baltimore car accident injury lawyer, I know that one death on Maryland’s roads and highways is one too many. Families’ lives are shattered in an instant.

While we Maryland traffic accident injury attorneys work hard to help grieving families through the legal process (when issues of liability on the other driver’s part are involved) — we can’t bring back the loved ones who were killed on the roads in Maryland.

See a link below to an interesting report that Time magazine just published, asserting that “buzzed driving is drunk driving” and that no amount of alcohol is a “safe” amount for drivers to consume and then get behind the wheel. The article points to research that even one beer can contribute to the driver speeding, becoming the “striking vehicle,” and getting involved in more severe car accidents. So be careful out there this holiday weekend. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July.

Related Maryland Injury Attorney article:

Maryland Governor Aims to Curb Drunk Driving Traffic Accidents and Deaths Feb. 5, 2010

Fewer Maryland travelers expected July 4
The Baltimore Sun June 27, 2011
Driving While Buzzed: No Amount of Alcohol Is Safe Behind the Wheel June 22, 2011
AAA Mid Atlantic

A judge has sentenced a local man to two years in jail for a fatal Cecil County, Maryland pedestrian traffic accident.

This fatal pedestrian and truck accident occurred in the Elkton area of Cecil County, Maryland on the evening of June 14, 2009.

According to local news reports, a 57-year-old Cecil County man was driving his truck when he struck a pedestrian, age 44, who was on the roadside helping another man load a moped onto a parked truck. The victim was crushed between the driver’s truck and the parked vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver fled the scene of the Cecil County, Md. auto accident and was later apprehended walking a short distance away, having abandoned his disabled vehicle. The driver’s blood alcohol concentration level tested at twice the legal limit in Maryland. He was not taken into immediate custody and fled authorities as a fugitive, but was later apprehended by U.S. Customs at the Canadian border. A judge sentenced the driver to five years in prison for vehicular homicide before suspending three of those years.

Cecil County auto accident injury lawyers may be consulted by families who have lost loved ones or suffered injuries in Maryland motor vehicle crashes. In 2008, 152 people lost their lives on Maryland roads and highways in drunk-driving traffic accidents. (Source: Traffic Safety Facts Maryland 2004 – 2008, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.)

Drunk driver gets two years in jail for killing pedestrian Sept. 27, 2010
Elkton-area man crushed to death in hit-and-run June 14, 2009

With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) announced that several states will be launching drunk driving prevention and law enforcement initiatives — including Maryland.

Maryland’s efforts to deter deadly drunk driving accidents over Labor Day weekend and beyond include…

o Checkpoint Strikeforce: The Maryland Highway Safety Office’s six-month impaired driving enforcement and education program, which kicks off Aug. 24 in Baltimore.

o Maryland Safe Ride Solutions: Part of a national initiative designed to prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel by offering ride alternatives (in Baltimore and Landover).

o Nearly 75 % of Maryland law enforcement jurisdictions are participating in the statewide drunk driving traffic accident crackdown: 25 Maryland police departments will conduct 176 enforcement operations — 150 saturation patrols and 26 sobriety checkpoints.

Baltimore, Maryland traffic injury attorneys see first-hand the damage and heartache that families suffer when someone gets behind the wheel after a few beers or cocktails. Maryland had more than 25,000 DUI arrests in 2006 and over 3,000 impaired driving crashes with injuries — amounting to more than 5,000 injuries and 268 impaired driving deaths (Source: Checkpoint Strikeforce 2007 Factsheet.)

Even well-intentioned people celebrating Labor Day Weekend in Maryland — at a family cookout or a night out on the town in Baltimore — can make a deadly mistake if they drink and drive. Let’s all end the summer on a happy and safe note.

GHSA 2010 Labor Day Crackdown

Checkpoint Strikeforce 2007 Factsheet

Related Web Resources

Maryland Highway Safety Laws
GHSA August 2010
Safe Ride Solutions