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State Officials Join Maryland State Police to Launch the SPIDRE, an Elite Team of Troopers Focused on Removing Impaired Drivers from the Road
Jessup, MD - Today, Lieutenant Governor Anthony G. Brown joined Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr., Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark A. Magaw, and other state officials and partner law enforcement agencies to launch the SPIDRE (State Police Impaired Driving Effort), an elite team of state troopers focused on reducing the number of alcohol related crashes in Maryland.
“Governor O'Malley and I want to ensure the safety of Marylanders and our visitors this summer as we all travel our roads to get to work, visit with friends and family, and are out and about enjoying the cultural and natural resources of our State,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown. “Together, the Maryland State Police and Maryland Highway Safety Office, including other agencies of state government, are actively working toward zero deaths. This is a goal I believe we can and must achieve. We all know that drunk driving kills and has had a terrible impact on too many of our families; it’s up to all Marylanders to make the responsible choice not to drink before or while driving.”
“With 56 billion miles traveled each year on Maryland roadways, ensuring the safety of the motoring public is a major undertaking,” said Transportation Secretary James T. Smith, Jr. “Partnering with the Maryland State Police to help fund initiatives like operation SPIDRE complements our ongoing efforts to build, operate and maintain a safe transportation network.”
“This team of state troopers has received intense training and they will be targeting high crash areas statewide,” says Colonel Marcus L. Brown. “The goal of SPIDRE is to drive down the number of fatalities we have seen on our highways due to those who continue to put the lives of our citizens in danger by driving while impaired.”
The SPIDRE team is dedicated to reaching the state’s goal, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). This team of highly trained state troopers will be conducting impaired driving enforcement initiatives across a “web” that spans jurisdictions through the Baltimore and Washington metro areas, and throughout the state, for years to come.
To keep Maryland residents and visitors safe, the SPIDRE team will be out in full force over the July Fourth holiday weekend. The establishment of a specialized DUI enforcement team has been implemented in other jurisdictions with significant decreases in impaired driving crashes.
The Prince George’s County Police Department is the first local law enforcement agency to dedicate a team of police officers to focus solely on this joint effort. Chief Mark Magaw said, “In just the first few weeks of this enforcement, the PGPD and MSP teams arrested more than 95 drunk drivers on roadways in Prince George’s County. I am proud of their work. They certainly saved innocent lives. We will remain vigilant in finding and arresting those who drink and choose to drive. The Prince George’s County Police Department and our partners at Maryland State Police take this responsibility seriously.”
Maryland drivers will see a stream of reminders about the SPIDRE patrols, as part of this effort. Advertisements on billboards, transit shelters and targeted gas pumps, as well as radio and digital components will be visible statewide.
The SPIDRE team is made up of seven troopers with seven fully-equipped vehicles dedicated to DUI enforcement. Maryland State Police urge everyone to avoid the SPIDRE’s web and consider alternatives to drinking and driving, prior to consuming alcoholic beverages.