9 die on state roads over July 4 holiday

July 09, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Nine people died on Maryland's roads during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, but none of the deaths occurred on highways with a 65-mph speed limit, state police said yesterday.

During the holiday period that began after midnight Tuesday and concluded at midnight Sunday, three people died riding motorcycles, five were in cars and one was on a bicycle, police said.

State troopers issued 5,847 speeding tickets, a 24 percent increase over last year's Fourth of July holiday.

Troopers arrested 171 people for driving while intoxicated during the holiday period, an increase of 20 percent over last year.

State police from the Waldorf and Bel Air barracks conducted sobriety checkpoints.

Pub Date: 7/09/96

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