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Police prepare for July 4 holiday traffic

July 02, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

Already geared up to target aggressive and alcohol-impaired drivers this summer, most area police agencies say their July 4 plans are to continue those efforts.

Maryland State Police in Frederick and the Frederick County Sheriff's Department are planning a special sobriety checkpoint on July 4 and into the early morning of July 5 in conjunction with Checkpoint Strikeforce, a coalition including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and state and local transportation and many law enforcement agencies from the mid-Atlantic states.

At the Hagerstown state police barrack, Lt. Greg Johnston said a sobriety checkpoint is scheduled for July 12-13 in Washington County.

The border-through-border law enforcement effort began June 28 in time for the heavy traffic anticipated through the July 4 holiday.

According to a recent NHTSA survey, most Americans are more concerned that drinking and driving will cause harm to their families this July 4 holiday than fireworks, food poisoning, drowning or even terrorism.

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The survey also shows that four out of five Americans support increased enforcement and tougher laws to protect themselves and their families from impaired drivers.

After several years of improvement, recent statistics indicate that alcohol-related crashes are on the rise. They cause an estimated 300,000 injuries and cost society more than $45 billion each year.

In 2000, a total of 1,438 lives were lost in the mid-Atlantic region in crashes related to impaired driving.

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