Police across the state of Maryland are looking to take drunk drivers off the road as people celebrate the New Year. The holiday is annually one of the worst days of the year for drunk driving arrests.
But this year, the holiday comes shortly after a devastating stretch in Anne Arundel County that left five pedestrians dead and two more seriously injured in 40 days.
Police located the drivers in two of these six incidents:
Brooklyn Park Hit-and-Run Critically Injures Man (Nov. 1)
Woman Hit by Truck on Ritchie Highway Dies (Nov. 15)
Glen Burnie Man Dies After Tuesday Hit-and-Run (Nov. 19)
Woman Hit By Truck in Parking Lot Sent to Shock Trauma (Nov. 20)
Pedestrian Struck in Linthicum Dies (Nov. 26)
Police Searching for Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run and
Police Still Seeking Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run (Dec. 1)
In response to traffic-related deaths and injuries, the Anne Arundel County Police Department (AACOPD) announced the "Thirty-Five to Save Lives" campaign, which started on Dec. 10 and will continue through Jan. 7.
As part of the campaign, officers are dedicating time every day to traffic enforcement on roads proven to have a high frequency of crashes.
"The ultimate goal of the enforcement plan is for motorists and pedestrians to voluntarily comply with rules of the road without the requirement for a continuous police presence," said Justin Mulcahy, spokesperson for AACOPD, in a press release.
Each police district is dedicating one officer per shift to spend at least 30 minutes targeting impaired, distracted and aggressive driving, as well as pedestrian safety and speeding. The targeted locations are chosen based on collision and past enforcement data, according to police.
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