For Immediate Release

July 26, 2012

Contact:  Sgt. Kirk E. Perez 410-977-5772

POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT HATEM BRIDGE

BALTIMORE, MD -- To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, July 27, at the Thomas Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza, weather permitting.

During the checkpoint, MDTA Police will distribute information about laws and penalties for driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Motorists caught driving while impaired will be arrested and prosecuted.

"The MDTA Police are committed to reducing the number of alcohol-related deaths on Maryland roadways,"said MDTA Police Senior Commander Maj. Michael Kundrat. "The greatest tragedy is that deaths due to alcohol-related crashes are preventable -- these are not accidents."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSA) early projections, a statistical data of traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2011 shows that an estimated 24,050 people died in motor-vehicle traffic crashes. This represents a decline of about 1.6 percent as compared to the estimated 24,437 fatalities that occurred in the first nine months of 2010.

In 2011, the MDTA Police arrested nearly 950 impaired drivers and issued more than 2,600 DUI citations.