In Maryland, as in every state, the human toll involved in car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes each year is enormous. When considered across the United States as a whole, the loss of human life is simply alarming.
After having a few drinks, most Americans thankfully choose not to drive. Over 17 million of them do, however, even when they have a blood-alcohol content of .08 percent, which renders them legally drunk.
Reducing car accidents throughout Maryland is the explicit goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce, a DWI/DUI enforcement campaign officially launched on August 24 by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, safety advocates and law enforcement officials. The program is a six-month initiative that combines dissemination of safe-driving information to the public with increased use of saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints aimed at identifying and prosecuting drunk drivers.