FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 27, 2017

          

       

MDTA POLICE STEPPING UP IMPAIRED

DRIVING ENFORCEMENT DURING HALLOWEEN

Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving

 

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will be out in full force from Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, through Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, focusing enforcement efforts on impaired, distracted and aggressive drivers.

“We remind motorists to be safe this Halloween and plan ahead before you celebrate. If you see a drunk driver on the road, report him or her to law enforcement immediately by calling 911,” said MDTA Police Chief Col. Jerry Jones.

Halloween is meant to be scary, but not when it comes to driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Halloween is a particularly deadly night due to drunk drivers. There were 172 highway fatalities across the nation on Halloween nights between 2011-2015.

The MDTA Police remind you to use mass transit, take a taxi, call a friend or use a ride share service if you will be drinking alcohol.

The MDTA Police are committed to reducing traffic crashes that result in serious injuries and deaths on our roadways. So far this year, the MDTA Police have made 846 impaired-driving arrests.

The MDTA Police supports the “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign -- a partnership to save lives and prevent injuries on Maryland’s roadways.  For more information, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police, a nationally accredited force, is the seventh-largest law-enforcement agency in the state, with more than 600 sworn and civilian law-enforcement professionals. MDTA Police Officers provide law enforcement at the MDTA’s highways, bridges and tunnels; at the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport; and at the Port of Baltimore.