(PIKESVILLE, Del.) - Maryland State Police had saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the state police's 23 barracks over the course of St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Statewide, troopers arrested 89 for driving under the influence and issued 999 speeding citations. Troopers also issued another 3,000 citations for various offenses and close to 4,000 warnings.
Maryland State Police conducted investigations for 141 crashes that occurred from March 16th to the 18th. Three of those crashes were fatal.
Troopers at the Salisbury Barrack took part in the Maryland Department of Transportation's "Towards Zero Deaths" initiative. As part of this initiative, troopers put out saturation patrols in areas known to have a higher number of DUI crashes or arrests and they set up a sobriety checkpoint in the area of Route 13 and Kay Avenue in Wicomico County. Police say 1 DUI was made at the checkpoint and that another 3 were made from the saturation patrols.
The Salisbury Barrack feels as though this weekend's initiative was successful in supporting the Toward Zero Deaths campaign and say that there were no DUI-related collisions reported back to their barrack from the 16th to the 18th.
The Maryland Department of Transportation says that statewide, there were 558 deaths on Maryland roads in 2017, one-third of which involved impaired driving.