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Speeders, drunken drivers were targets over holiday 15 were arrested and dozens cited


State police arrested 15 motorists for driving under the influence and cited 63 speeders over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Carroll County, authorities said.

Among the 63 speeders, 44 were exceeding 55 mph and 19 were exceeding 65 mph, said 1st Sgt. Robert Windsor, a spokesman for the state police barracks in Westminster.

Troopers also cited 48 drivers and passengers for seat-belt violations and issued 15 seat-belt warnings.

Twenty-three troopers worked overtime as part of Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort), he said.

Statewide, state police reported that 10 people were killed in nine accidents between 12: 01 a.m. Wednesday and midnight Sunday. Five of those killed had been drinking, including one of two pedestrians who stepped into traffic, state police said.

Overall, state police said, they arrested 76 drunken drivers and issued almost 1,800 speeding tickets throughout the state.

Windsor said troopers in Carroll County will work overtime each weekend in December, which has been designated 3-D Month. The Drugs and Drunk Driving program includes an increase in patrols, with officers from Taneytown, Manchester, Hampstead, Westminster and Sykesville participating.

In addition, more troopers will be patrolling highways and back roads in the county through Dec. 22, looking for drugged and drunken drivers, along with aggressive drivers and seat-belt violators, Windsor said.

Overtime costs are being paid with a grant from the State Highway Administration, he said.

Police are reminding residents to use designated drivers after drinking at holiday parties.

"Some are still going to use drugs, or drink and drive," Windsor said.

"We want them to know we will be looking to arrest them if they do."

Windsor said national statistics show that more than half of fatal accidents involve drugs or alcohol.

Pub Date: 12/03/96

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