Police across the state of Maryland are looking to take drunk drivers off the road as people celebrate the New Year. The holiday is annually one of the worst days of the year for drunk driving arrests.
The effort comes less than a month after a hit-and-run accident on I-97 that killed a 50-year-old Millersville man. Wilmer R. Borgmann III, was ejected from his truck after a crash and was then struck by a vehicle that left the scene, according to police. Police are still searching for the driver.
This year, Anne Arundel County had a devastating stretch of crashes that left five pedestrians dead and two more seriously injured in 40 days.
Police located the drivers in two of these six incidents:
Brooklyn Park Hit-and-Run Critically Injures Man (Nov. 1)
Woman Hit by Truck on Ritchie Highway Dies (Nov. 15)
Glen Burnie Man Dies After Tuesday Hit-and-Run (Nov. 19)
Woman Hit By Truck in Parking Lot Sent to Shock Trauma (Nov. 20)
Pedestrian Struck in Linthicum Dies (Nov. 26)
Police Searching for Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run and
Police Still Seeking Driver in Fatal Hit-and-Run (Dec. 1)
In response to traffic-related deaths and injuries, the Anne Arundel County Police Department (AACOPD) announced the "Thirty-Five to Save Lives" campaign, which started on Dec. 10 and will continue through Jan. 7.
As part of the campaign, officers are dedicating time every day to traffic enforcement on roads proven to have a high frequency of crashes.
"The ultimate goal of the enforcement plan is for motorists and pedestrians to voluntarily comply with rules of the road without the requirement for a continuous police presence," said Justin Mulcahy, spokesperson for AACOPD, in a press release.
For more information on the program, visit Anne Arundel Patch.
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