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13th Annual Maryland Remembers Memorial Highlights Tragedy of Drunk and Drugged Driving;
Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing Truck is First of its Kind in Maryland
ANNAPOLIS, MD - Remembering and honoring victims of impaired driving crashes in Maryland, Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn, Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel William Pallozzi, Motor Vehicle Administrator Christine E. Nizer, highway safety advocates and Rich Leotta – father of Montgomery County police officer Noah Leotta – at the 13th Annual Maryland Remembers event. The annual memorial honors the lives of the hundreds of Maryland citizens killed at the hands of impaired drivers. Over the past five years (2011-2015), an average of 160 people have died in impaired driving-related (alcohol and drug) crashes on Maryland’s roads and hundreds more are seriously injured.
- Before you take your first sip of alcohol, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend.
- If you’re going out to a bar or holiday party, have a designated sober driver to get you home safely.
- Keep the numbers of transportation companies in your phone, use public transportation, or make plans to stay overnight.
- If you’re hosting a holiday party, make sure all your guests have a sober ride. Keep numbers to cab companies and rideshare programs like Uber or Lyft on hand, and never let anyone get behind the wheel if they have been drinking.
- If you’re the designated driver, do not drink. Your friends are relying on you, as are the people with whom you share the road.
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