For many people Guinness, green beer and all things Irish are the hallmarks of St. Patrick's Day. For the Maryland State Police, St. Patrick's Day weekend was about keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Between Saturday, March 14 and Monday, March 17, troopers around the state made 120 DUI arrests.
Some of the arrests of suspected drunk drivers were made at sobriety checkpoints set up around Maryland. The State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort (S.P.I.D.R.E.), which is a permanent group of troopers whose job it is to enforce the state's drunk driving laws, and saturation patrols made other arrests. One person was stopped while driving down the wrong side of Route 301.
Not all of the arrests were made as the result of traffic stops or at checkpoints. Numerous accidents allegedly attributed to drunk drivers occurred across the state over the course of the weekend. Some of the accidents involved single vehicles, while others involved multiple vehicles. In all of the accidents, a driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Now that the holiday weekend is over, the individuals arrested on suspicion of DUI are faced with possible penalties ranging from a driver's license suspension to jail time. Fortunately, every one of them is to be considered innocent unless and until prosecutors meet the strict standard of proof required of criminal proceedings. A criminal defense team can review every aspect of an individual's contact with law enforcement officials, from the initial stop through arrest, to determine whether proper procedures were followed in gathering evidence of DUI and protecting the accused person's rights. From there, all of the options can be explored to achieve the most favorable outcome for the individual.
Source: Greenbelt, MD Patch, State Police Make More Than 100 Drunk Driving Arrests Over St. Patrick's Day Weekend, Deb Belt, March 18, 2014