Area state police cite 113 in holiday crackdown


State police in Westminster issued citations to 64 speeders, 43 seat-belt violators and six drunken drivers during the Memorial Day weekend's Operation CARE, a statewide initiative to reduce traffic accidents and save lives on Maryland highways.

According to preliminary reports, five people died in weekend traffic crashes across the state, including fatalities in Baltimore, Charles, Prince George's, Frederick and Wicomico counties.

One person died on state highways during the Memorial Day weekend last year, a state police spokeswoman said yesterday.

Statewide this Memorial Day weekend, troopers cited 4,768 speeders and 1,460 motorists for not wearing seat belts.

They also arrested 181 drivers suspected of being drunken or drugged and issued 143 citations and warnings for child-restraint offenses.

Sobriety checkpoints in Talbot and Charles counties on Friday and Saturday nights led to a dozen arrests, according to a report from state police headquarters in Pikesville.

Troopers in Carroll County issued no citations for violations of child safety-restraint laws, 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson, a spokesman for the Westminster barracks of the Maryland State Police, said.

Westminster troopers have concentrated on cracking down on child safety-restraint violators since April in a two-month Chief's Challenge operation that ended Monday. Statistics for that operation are being compiled.

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