FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 1, 2016
MDTA POLICE TO CONDUCT SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT AT HATEM BRIDGE ON JULY 2-Saturation Patrols To Occur At Tunnels, Key Bridge And Bay Bridge-
PERRYVILLE, MD - To educate the public and to prevent alcohol-related crashes, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night at the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) toll plaza.
During the checkpoint, the 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.
According to a new study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
Drivers with an alcohol level of 0.15 percent were 12 times more likely to crash than sober drivers; the legal limit in Maryland is .08. The study also revealed that marijuana users were about 25 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use.
In 2015, the MDTA Police arrested nearly 1,100 impaired drivers and issued nearly 2,900 DUI citations.