Troopers scour Interstate 70 from Maryland to Utah

June 18, 1993|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

For the second year in a row, law enforcement officers from Maryland and nine other states conducted a 24-hour sweep of Interstate 70 yesterday, looking for drunken drivers, speeders and drug smugglers.

The sweep -- dubbed SPAN-70 -- began at 12:01 a.m. yesterday and was to end at 12:01 a.m. today. The operation includes the entire length of I-70, which begins just west of Baltimore and ends in Utah.

Maryland State Police officials said the goal of the sweep is to improve highway safety through an aggressive coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies that patrol the interstate.

Eighty-five Maryland troopers were assigned to patrol the highway in Baltimore, Howard, Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties, said Lt. Vernon F. Betkey of the Field Operations Bureau.

NTC During last year's sweep in Maryland, Lieutenant Betkey said, 452 traffic citations were issued and five people were arrested on various drug charges.

Along the entire highway, last year's sweep resulted in the issuance of 4,364 traffic citations, 65 criminal arrests and seizures of quantities of cocaine and marijuana, the lieutenant said.

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