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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
6/29/2021
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Whitney Nichels,

Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend, MDOT MVA and Law Enforcement Officials Warn of Risks, Consequences of Impaired Driving


WHAT:

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will join law enforcement officials to remind motorists traveling over the Fourth of July weekend to plan ahead for a safe and sober ride home. The Maryland State Police (MSP) elite State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort – or SPIDRE – team, along with other local enforcement agencies, will be out in force taking impaired drivers off the road.

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 30, 2021

11 a.m.

WHERE:
Maryland State Police, Waterloo Barrack

7777 Washington Blvd
Jessup, MD 20794

WHO:            
Chrissy Nizer, MDOT MVA Administrator and Governor Larry Hogan’s Highway Safety Representative

Lt. Colonel Roland Butler, Chief of Field Operations Bureau, Maryland State Police
Laura Murphy, whose 12-year-old nephew who was killed by an impaired driver in 2018

DETAILS:
Between 2015 and 2019, more than 800 people died and more than 15,600 were injured in drug- and/or alcohol-involved crashes in Maryland. Last year, 574 fatalities occurred on Maryland roadways, an increase of 6.4% compared to 2019 even though traffic volumes were down as much as 50% during portions of 2020 at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the start of the pandemic, initial police reports show increased speed, instances of impairment and lower seat belt use as the most common contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities.