Maryland State Police to launch SPIDRE: State Police Impaired Driving Effort

State Trooper Maryland State Police to launch SPIDRE: State Police Impaired Driving EffortPolice in Maryland are getting set to debut a new program to crack down on impaired driving.

Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown will join Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary James T. Smith Jr., Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark A. Magaw, and other state officials and partner law enforcement agencies to unveil SPIDRE (State Police Impaired Driving Effort), a statewide Driving Under the Influence (DUI)-focused patrol team.

This effort is funded by the Maryland Highway Safety Office, a part of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration.

Over the past five years in Maryland, alcohol-related crashes have resulted in an average of 164 deaths and 3,301 injuries, accounting for 31 percent of all crashes on Maryland roadways.

To reduce impaired driving crashes, the SPIDRE team will be out in full force over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The four-year program is part of the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce fatalities on Maryland roadways to zero.

The official SPIDRE kickoff event will be held at 2:30 p.m. ET on July 2 at the Maryland State Police Waterloo Barracks in Jessup.

 Maryland State Police to launch SPIDRE: State Police Impaired Driving Effort

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