Police Making Effort to Reduce Maryland Auto Accident Injuries in August

August 11, 2011 by  
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Maryland law enforcement agencies are stepping up traffic enforcement patrols until Labor Day, from increased sobriety checkpoints to more aggressive enforcement of seat belt use. The additional efforts are being made in an attempt to reduce the number of Maryland auto accidents this month throughout the state.

August often sees a spike in auto accident deaths in Maryland, many of which occur at night, making it the deadliest month of the year. Police agencies across the state will use a battery of measures to increase road safety until the last major weekend of the summer.

One area of intense focus by the state police has been the Capitol beltway, which has been the target of an initiative known as Operation Centipede. On the night of August 5 and early morning August 6, state troopers stopped 195 vehicles, issued 91 speeding tickets, 66 tickets for other violations, and arrested 11 people with driving on suspended or revoked licenses.

Other law enforcement agencies across the state will be increasing the number of officers performing road patrols, and state troopers will begin aggressively enforcing HOV lane restrictions.

State police officials say their goal is to target the drivers who represent the most danger to fellow motorists, including speeders, drunk drivers and overly aggressive drivers. Their goal is to achieve a zero fatality August on Maryland roads.

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