For Immediate Release

July 5, 2012

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

                                                

POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT KEY BRIDGE

BALTIMORE, MD -- To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the MD Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday night, July 6, at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) toll plaza.

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 keeping Maryland citizens safe from drunk drivers, especially as the summer-travel season continues to ramp up, said Senior MDTA Police Commander Major Michael Kundrat.  Law enforcement is on the front lines conducting sobriety checkpoints and educating the public in an effort to eliminate drunk driving."

NHTSA reports that in 2010 alone, 10,228 fatalities occurred in crashes involving a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher - 31 percent of total traffic fatalities for the year.

In 2011, the MDTA Police issued more than 2,600 DUI citations.