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Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend, MDOT MVA and Law Enforcement Officials Warn of Risks and 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. Tours of the MSP Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing (MBAT) Truck, specially designed to process impaired drivers at the scene of arrest, will be available for the media following the press event. The MBAT Truck will be used throughout the holiday weekend to help ensure impaired motorists are removed from the roadways promptly.

WHEN:         Wednesday, June 29, 202210:30 a.m.      

WHERE:       Maryland State Police, Waterloo Barrack7777 Washington Blvd.Jessup, MD 20794

WHO:            Chrissy Nizer, Administrator, MDOT MVA and Governor Larry Hogan’s Highway Safety RepresentativeLt. Col. Roland Butler, Chief of the MSP Field Operations BureauChris Kalnasy, resident who was struck by an impaired driver in 2016

WHY:            Impaired driving is 100% preventable; however, over the past five years in Maryland, nearly 800 people have been killed and 15,300 have been injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. Police reports show increased speed, instances of impairment and lower seat belt use as the most common contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities. Learn more about the MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ZeroDeathsMD.