Impaired Driving In Maryland
- Between 2008 and 2012, 21,836 Marylanders were either killed or injured in a crash where drugs or alcohol was involved. Since 2008, the number of fatal crashes related to impaired driving
- decreased by 4 percent while the number of overall impaired driving crashes declined by 5 percent. Statewide overall fatal crashes have declined by 14 percent since 2008.
- Metropolitan areas have the highest concentration of impaired driving crashes. Approximately 80 percent all impaired driving crashes occurred within the Baltimore and Washington metropolitan areas, with 16 percent occurring in Prince George’s County.
- Two out of 5 impaired drivers were 21–34 years old. Impaired drivers in their twenties were involved in a large share of crashes resulting in an injury or death.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over- Using federal traffic safety funds from the NHTSA, Maryland provides grants to state and local law enforcement agencies to help combat impaired driving. The main goal of this program is to increase traffic patrols and sobriety checkpoints in specific corridors and zones identified using impaired driving crash and citation data. Specific roadways, times, and days are targeted where impaired driving has been documented as a problem and increased enforcement is conducted during heavily publicized enforcement waves, building the public perception of coordinated enforcement across the State.
Checkpoint Strikeforce - Checkpoint Strikeforce, which is part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving mobilization, is a research-based, multi-state enforcement and public outreach initiative designed to get impaired drivers off our roads using sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols when and where drunk driving is most likely to occur. The initiative is intended to educate the public about dangers and consequences of drunk driving and make the public aware of active enforcement efforts taking place statewide and regionally.