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State Police Make More Than 100 Drunk Driving Arrests Over St. Patrick's Day Weekend

State Police across Maryland made a combined more than 100 arrests of suspected drunk drivers over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend.

State Police across Maryland made a combined more than 100 arrests of suspected drunk drivers over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend. File|Patch
State Police across Maryland made a combined more than 100 arrests of suspected drunk drivers over the St. Patrick's Day holiday weekend. File|Patch

State Police drunk driving patrols in every Maryland county during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend led to the arrests of more than 100 people who are suspected of driving under the influence, according to a news release.

From March 14 through March 17, Maryland state troopers arrested 120 drivers during sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols, and regular road patrols throughout the state. Authorities said the efforts were a response to the known increase in drinking and driving resulting from holiday celebrations. 

Troopers at the Berlin Barrack in Worcester County led the 22 State Police barracks with 17 DUI arrests, followed by the Golden Ring Barrack in Baltimore County with 13 arrests. The JFK Highway Barrack, where troopers patrol Interstate 95 north of Baltimore and the Rockville Barrack in Montgomery County totaled 11 arrests each. 

The full-time drunk driving enforcement team of troopers known as the State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort, or S.P.I.D.R.E., also made 11 DUI arrests during the period.

Troopers also dealt with several accidents in which drinking and driving played a role. On Saturday, troopers from the Frederick Barrack found a vehicle that had driven off Interstate 70 into the median. The driver was arrested for DUI, and troopers learned it was her fifth DUI arrest in the past year.

In Harford County early Sunday morning, troopers responded to a crash that occurred when an alleged drunk driver ran into the back of another vehicle on Rt. 7. Also that morning, a trooper in Charles County spotted a car traveling south in the northbound lanes of Rt. 301. The trooper found the driver was under the influence and arrested him for DUI. 

Monday night, a trooper from the North East Barrack responded a single-vehicle crash on Rt. 285 in Chesapeake City and arrested the driver for DUI. Just after midnight, troopers in Queen Anne’s County responded to a single-vehicle crash on Rt. 8 at Matapeake Middle School. The driver was arrested for DUI.

Buck Harmon March 19, 2014 at 08:29 AM
It's never going to happen Jack...never, as long as there is BIG money to be made by lawyers, corrupt judges etc. etc., the situation will remain. Kinda like the perceived attempts to find a cure for cancer..
Freddy March 19, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Buck, Just like the drug market. Legalize drugs you reduce the number of police officers, correction officers, judges, lawyers, rehab employees and the list goes on.....
Dixie Normousr March 19, 2014 at 09:24 AM
All the more reason to stop drinking that poison and switch to a complete harmless vice Marijuana. Not one death ever. Ever!
Kolo Jezdec March 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Presented w/o comment:**** Sudden unexpected death under acute influence of cannabis**** from: Forensic Science International****http://www.fsijournal.org/article/S0379-0738(14)00054-1/abstract**** We describe the cases of two young, putative healthy men who died unexpectedly under the acute influence of cannabinoids. To our knowledge, these are the first cases of suspected fatal cannabis intoxications where full postmortem investigations, including autopsy, toxicological, histological, immunohistochemical and genetical examinations, were carried out. The results of these examinations are presented. After exclusion of other causes of death we assume that the young men experienced fatal cardiovascular complications evoked by smoking cannabis.
Kolo Jezdec March 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Also w/o comment:**** Doctors criticized for 'cannabis can kill' study**** From The Local - Germany's News in English****http://www.thelocal.de/20140226/german-doctors-claim-cannabis-can-kill**** But on Wednesday the German Association for Drugs and Addiction (FDR), which is based in Hannover, told The Local the study did not help educate people about the dangers of the drug.****“Cannabis does not paralyze the breathing or the heart," head of the FDR Jost Leune said. "Deaths due to cannabis use are usually accidents that are not caused by the substance, but to the circumstances of use.”

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