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Maryland State Police Target 4 Areas for Memorial Day Weekend

Operation Millipede, Operation Showboat and other initiatives turn up heat on enforcement.

The SPIDRE team (State Police Impaired Driving Effort) will be out in Prince George's County.
The SPIDRE team (State Police Impaired Driving Effort) will be out in Prince George's County.

State troopers will be out in force for Memorial Day weekend, with several areas getting special attention, according to a statement from Maryland State Police.

To reduce crashes in which speed, alcohol and any other aggressive driving violations are contributing factors, police announced the following initiatives:

Operation Millipede—Troopers and police officers will be stationed along the Interstate-95/I-495 corridor from Delaware to Virginia state lines. Troopers will also be stationed on I-70 and I-68 for traffic and criminal interdiction initiatives, police said.

Operation Road Runner—Law enforcement will target speeding motorists along I-495.

Operation Showboat—Troopers will be on the US Route 50 corridor from the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City targeting aggressive driving.

SPIDRE (State Police Impaired Driving Effort)—Police will crack down on drunk drivers in parts of Prince George's County where drunk driving crashes are prevalent.

In addition to speed, good behavior and sobriety, police will be checking for one other thing specifically: seat belts.

May has been designated "Occupant Safety Month," so there will be zero tolerance for any unrestrained occupants, police said.

"It is the responsibility of everyone driving this weekend and every weekend to make safety a priority," Col. Marcus L. Brown, superintendent of Maryland State Police, said.

How should drivers stay on the right side of the law this holiday weekend?

"Do not drink and drive, remove distractions from the vehicle, don’t drive aggressively and remember to always use your safety restraints," Brown said.

Rick Beyerlein May 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM
How bout cracking down on off duty state troopers driving civilian vehicles like over aggressive speeding assholes they can be
You May 25, 2014 at 06:58 AM
@Rick I was going to post the same exact thing! You are SO right. I know two state cops and two BCP. They drive insane when they are off duty. They have even said to me when I drive with them, "they have nothing to worry about" or "a cop is always on duty so we can all drive however we want".
You May 25, 2014 at 07:09 AM
I do love the fact that they are protecting our roads extra this weekend. There are very aggressive drivers in MD and it is getting worst. However, how about sergeants telling there really young (early 20's), green horn cops too slow the hell down and pay attention when they are on patrol in our local neighborhoods. Twice on Saturday I saw too very young cops from the White Marsh Precinct driving insanely. One was going over well over 40 miles per hour down Cottington Rd; no lights on, nothing at all, just extreme speeding and giving mean looks at people walking on the sidewalk as they were watching him fly past. The second young cop was driving on very crowded Belair Rd just south of Perry Hall Shopping center and with no turn signal and no lights on he made an extremely aggressive u-turn in front of cars coming in the center of Belair Rd. Then he casually drove down the road like nothing was wrong.
Buck Harmon May 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM
Police state practice...nothing more...keeps the cop mentality where they need it..
PH May 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Right, Buck.

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