Attorney General Gansler Joins Chiefs of Police Association
to Kick Off
2008 Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign
Md. (August 18, 2008) – Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, along
with the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, announced today
the beginning of Maryland’s 2008 Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.
Checkpoint Strikeforce is a multi-state campaign that includes
Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, and the District of
Columbia. This weekend, law enforcement agencies in three-quarters
of Maryland’s jurisdictions will take part in a regional
initiative to stop drunk driving on rural roads. Data from the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that more
than half (55 percent) of the nation’s 2006 traffic fatalities
occurred on rural roads. In Maryland, the proportion of impaired
drivers involved in crashes is more than 50 percent higher in the
rural areas as compared to other areas of the State.
With the approach of Labor Day weekend, which is one of the deadliest
drunk driving holiday weekends of the year, Checkpoint Strikeforce
has begun a five-month, statewide campaign to reduce the incidence
of drunken driving. This statewide campaign combines proactive
public education and enforcement efforts, such as sobriety checkpoints
and patrols, in order to raise public awareness of drunk driving.
“When Maryland law enforcement agencies make arrests, prosecutors
will come down hard on those who choose to drink and drive. When
they come to court, violators will learn that the drunk driving
penalties can cost them much more than a ticket or fine,” said
Attorney General Gansler.
In addition to sobriety checkpoints and patrols, the Maryland
Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign is issuing advertisements in combination
with other statewide outreach efforts in an effort to remind citizens
of the many dangers and consequences of impaired driving.
For more information on the 2008 Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign,
go to the following website: http://www.checkpointstrikeforce.net/educate.html.