State police to intensify patrols on roads over holiday weekend

September 03, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Beginning today, state police in Westminster and across the state will be working overtime to patrol highways, looking for speeders and drunken drivers during the Labor Day holiday weekend, said 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson, a barracks spokesman.

"We are using grant money to pay overtime and put additional troopers on patrol, especially on Routes 140, 26 and 30," Richardson said. "We find that those roads, in particular, have a high rate of drunken-driving violations."

Troopers also will look for seat belt violations, child safety seat violations and aggressive driving, he said.

The extra patrols in Carroll County are part of the Labor Day C.A.R.E. Weekend Patrol operation, ordered by Col. David B. Mitchell, superintendent of the Maryland State Police.

C.A.R.E. is an acronym for "Combined Accident Reduction Effort."

Six people died on Maryland highways during the Labor Day holiday weekend last year, state police said.

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