The holiday party season is in full swing. That's likely the reason for at least a few of the large number of crashes attributed to impaired driving and an even greater number of DUI arrests by state troopers two weekends before Christmas.
According to the Maryland State Police (MSP), troopers responded to more than two dozen crashes throughout the state in which alcohol and/or drugs were involved from Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16.
Baltimore County had the largest number of the 25 crashes, followed by Prince George's County. Of the crashes in Baltimore County, six were on Interstate 695, The others were on other interstate highways throughout the area, including one on I-95.
During that same weekend period, troopers arrested 48 people for suspicion of DUI. As they always do during holiday periods and other times when impaired drivers are more likely be on the road, the MSP is stepping up their patrols through the end of the year and as people ring in 2019.
It's easier than it's ever been to get a safe ride home if you've been drinking or leave your car at home if you're going out. Uber and Lyft have numerous drivers throughout the Baltimore area and just about anywhere you may be celebrating. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) also has an app --SaferRide -- which lets you call a taxi.
A DUI can put a serious damper on the holidays. The impact, however, can last well into next year and even beyond. If you're facing a DUI charge, regardless of the circumstances, it's wise to seek legal guidance to help you work to lessen the consequences on your life and your future.