Tonight, many Annapolis residents will don costumes in celebration of the Halloween holiday and take to the streets in search of candy and fun. The Maryland State Police will also be out in full force, albeit for a somewhat different reason.
According to a statement from the state police, the agency has planned an elevated police presence on Maryland roads tonight, with the primary goal of apprehending and arresting people who are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The DUI crackdown actually began last Friday and it extends through this evening.
In a statement, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown says that the extra officers on the road tonight "will be specifically looking for and removing dangerous and impaired drivers from the roadways," in order to ensure that everyone who is out on the road remains safe. "Our goal is to keep children safe while they are trick or treating as well as to keep the motoring public safe while they are traveling to and from their celebrations."
Therefore, if you plan on driving to and from Halloween get-togethers this evening, make sure to take all of the necessary precautions. Designate a sober driver and keep phone numbers for taxi and public transit services on hand in case your ride falls through.
Doing so could prevent both a DUI arrest and a life-threatening accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 40 percent of U.S. traffic deaths that took place during the 2010 Halloween week involved a driver with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
Source: Washington Examiner, "Maryland police to crack down on Halloween Drunk Driving," Liz Essley, Oct. 23, 2012