Eight Arrests Made During Checkpoint StrikeForce In Anne Arundel County This Weekend


(ANNAPOLIS, MD)  Police made eight arrests this weekend in Anne Arundel County during Checkpoint StrikeForce, a statewide joint initiative designed to combat drunk and drugged driving.

Police arrested five impaired drivers during the enforcement period. Three additional arrests were made for illegal drug violations.

The sobriety checkpoint was conducted on MD Route 450 (Governor Ritchie Highway) north of Ritchie Road in Annapolis. During the two and one-half hour initiative, a total of 501 vehicles traveled through the checkpoint.  Police conducted stops on 44 vehicles in the Annapolis area. A total of five drivers were subsequently arrested for impaired driving and three individuals were arrested for possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

Maryland State Police Annapolis Barrack, Maryland State Police Glen Burnie Barrack, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Maryland Department of Natural Resource Police, in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (SHA), participated in the operation. The Maryland State Police SPIDRE, or State Police Impaired Driving Effort team, also coordinated with law enforcement partners to conduct the initiative.

The Checkpoint StrikeForce initiative educates drivers on the dangers associated with driving while impaired by alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. Maryland State Police remind all citizens and motorists, if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages, plan on having a sober designated driver. Maryland State Police encourages everyone to obey all traffic laws which results in Maryland roads and highways being safer for all travelers.

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