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Contact: Motor Vehicle Administration
Office of Media Relations
Anna Levendusky, 410-787-4077

**MEDIA ADVISORY** Ahead of Fourth of July Weekend, Motor Vehicle Administration and Law Enforcement Officials Warn of Risks and Consequences of Impaired Driving

WHAT: The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration 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 elite State Police Impaired Driving Reduction Effort (SPIDRE) team, along with other local enforcement agencies, will be out in force taking impaired drivers off the road.

WHEN: Tuesday, July 2, 2024, 11:00 a.m.      

WHERE: Maryland State Police, Waterloo Barrack
7777 Washington Blvd.
Jessup, MD 20794

WHO: Chrissy Nizer, Motor Vehicle Administrator and Governor Moore’s Highway  Safety Representative
Lieutenant Colonel Daniel C. Pickett, Chief, Maryland State Police Field Operations Bureau
Megan Moore, Mother of Noah Blonder whose son was killed in an impaired driving crash.

WHY: Impaired driving is 100% preventable. However, over the past five years in Maryland, nearly 800 people have been killed and 15,000 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 Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office at or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @ZeroDeathsMD.