|Wednesday, July 06, 2011 – John Patti|
|Maryland State Police say troopers were busy over the long 4th of July holiday weekend issuing more than 12,000 traffic citations and warnings and making 68 suspected drunk driving arrests.
State Police Spokesman Greg Shipley says that compares to 163 suspected drunk driving arrests over the 4th of July holiday weekend last year.
Shipley says troopers also made 78 on-site criminal arrests and arrested another 28 people on warrants. Four guns were recovered by troopers during traffic stops. Troopers from the Eastern Troop focused on Rt. 50 and other major roads leading to resort areas during the weekend. During their criminal and traffic enforcement effort named Operation Gauntlet, they issued almost 500 traffic citations and more than 150 warnings.
State troopers investigated one traffic fatality, which involved a 55-year old Baltimore man who was in Carroll County riding a motor scooter early in the morning of July 2. Police say, for unknown reasons, the scooter left the roadway on Rt.75 and collided with a wire fence. The Preliminary investigation indicates the use of alcohol and drugs may have been involved.
Shipley says on July 3, trooper 3 searched for 10 people who were overdue from a tubing trip on the Potomac River. the crew of Trooper 3 located the group near Brunswick and directed rescue boats to them.
About three dozens troopers were also part of the deployment to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Monday night carrying out vehicle inspections and recovering a stolen vehicle from a carjacking.