With the holiday season now underway, law enforcement agencies throughout the state are likely gearing up for the possibility of more impaired and distracted drivers on our roads. Here in Anne Arundel County, local police have already joined forces with the Maryland State Police to crack down on distracted and drunk driving. The joint initiative began on Nov. 8. In its first few days, 12 arrests were made of drivers suspected of DUI.
A good deal of the initiative's focus will be on the Route 3 corridor in our county. However, law enforcement officials have made it clear they are varying their timetables and routes to keep drivers alert. It bears noting, however, that police are not only looking for drunk drivers. Distracted drivers, such as those using their cell phones, may also be pulled over and cited.
No one in Anne Arundel County can deny that drunk driving is dangerous. Last year, 158 people in Maryland died as the result of drunk driving accidents. However, people do make mistakes, even if they had the best of intentions before they took a drink. Many people never set out to get into their cars after drinking, but alcohol can cloud a person's judgment.
However, drivers are not the only ones who make mistakes. Law enforcement officials are human beings, and therefore, capable of making mistakes as well. Just because a person has been charged with a crime does not mean they are guilty. Fortunately, our system of justice allows for those accused of drunk driving to present a defense to any charges filed against them and requires that prosecutors prove their case in court and by an exacting measure of proof.
Source: CBS Baltimore, Anne Arundel Co. & State Police Team Up To Fight Distracted & Impaired Driving, Monique Griego, Nov. 18, 2013