Maryland police to crack down on Halloween drunk driving

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Local,Transportation,Liz Essley

Maryland State Police are planning to crack down on drunk drivers during the week leading up to Halloween, warning Marylanders that the roads are no place for "trick or treat."

State police will have extra patrol cars on the road from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31, which they say is one of the most dangerous times of year for pedestrians.

"These patrols will be specifically looking for and removing dangerous and impaired drivers from the roadways to ensure everyone has a safe Halloween celebration," state police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown said in a statement. "Our goal is to keep children safe while they are trick or treating as well as to keep the motoring public safe while they are traveling to and from their celebrations."

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data show that 41 percent of all highway fatalities in the U.S. during Halloween week in 2010 involved a driver or a motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, state police said. Overall, one in three highway deaths involve alcohol.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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