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Maryland State Police conducting additional patrols and checkpoints

May 25, 2012

Maryland State Police in Hagerstown will be conducting additional impaired-driving enforcement activities, including saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints, over the Memorial Day weekend, a state police official said Friday.

“The primary focus of the state police efforts is to deter people from making a poor decision by choosing to drive a vehicle when they are impaired by alcohol or drugs,” Lt. Tom Woodward said in a news release.

Woodward said people should plan ahead and arrange for a designated driver, stay overnight or set money aside for public transportation to ensure a safe ride home.

“They shouldn’t try to make an informed decision after becoming impaired,” he said. “History and experience have shown us that an impaired decision is too often a bad decision.”

Police will target “problem areas” in and around Hagerstown, such as Dual Highway and other highly used roadways, a trooper at the barrack said.

Police also remind motorists to slow down, be patient, don’t drive distracted and always wear seatbelts.

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