For the rest of May, and especially over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack say they plan to be out in force on traffic details, with a special focus on people who drink and drive as well as those who aren't wearing seat belts.
In a press release issued recently, the state police said they want "to remind everyone that buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a motor vehicle collision."
The enforcement effort focusing on people not wearing seat belts goes by the name "Click It or Ticket," and has been under way since the beginning of the month. As of last week, troopers working in Harford County had stopped more than 800 vehicles for traffic offenses, including speeding, distracted driving and occupant protection/seat belt violations.
The traffic stops resulted in the issuing of 266 seat belt citations and four child restraint citations.
In addition, troopers had made 11 drinking and driving arrests and another 10 arrests where drivers were charged with drugged driving offenses, according to the state police press release.
The Maryland Law Enforcement Challenge Program targeted May for the "Click it or Ticket" operation, and troopers from the Bel Air Barrack will be targeting occupant protection violations. Additional operations will continue throughout the year, to include "High Visibility DUI Saturation Patrols" at the end of the month. Results of these operations, to include the identities of those arrested, will be posted, according to the state police press release. Cooperating police agencies also will be participating in these operations, according to the press release.