State police arrest nearly 100 for drunken driving over holiday weekend

Concerned about drunken driving on a holiday weekend notorious for the crime, Maryland State Police pulled over more than 8,900 motorists this past weekend — and nearly 100 were drunk or impaired by alcohol.

Troopers from all 22 state police barracks "made their presence known" by conducting stops targeting drunken, distracted, aggressive and lead-footed drivers, as well as those without seatbelts on, state police said Monday.

Of those pulled over, 96 were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, 56 were arrested on drug violations and 133 were arrested for other crimes, police said.

Troopers also confiscated three guns during the stops, police said.

State police said similar initiatives to keep state roads safe will continue through the holiday season, into next year.