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Police Gear Up for Fourth of July Weekend

July 2nd, 2016 by WCBC Radio

With the Fourth of July arriving at the end of a long weekend, state officials are preparing for an increase in drunk drivers this Independence Day.  To combat this increase and save lives on Maryland roadways, officials from the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland State Police have put together  an elite team known as the State Police Impaired DRiving Effort (SPIDRE)  

The SPIDRE Team is a series of data-driven, highly focused patrols dedicated to removing impaired drivers from Maryland’s roadways.  To reduce impaired driving crashes, the SPIDRE team and other police agencies will be out in full force over the holiday weekend, which has the potential to be a deadly weekend.  The National Safety Council predicts more than 460 people may be killed nationwide during the Fourth of July holiday – making it the highest predicted number since 2008.

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