Police cite more than 330 in county over long weekend


Troopers from the Westminster barracks made three arrests for drunken driving and issued more than 330 citations and warnings during the four-day Labor Day weekend, including 128 tickets for speeding and 19 for seat-belt violations, 1st Sgt. Eric Danz said yesterday.

"Rainy weather from Tropical Storm Dennis may have helped curtail the number of speeding violations," said Danz, "but we would like to think that more people are complying with the law."

Statewide, troopers issued nearly 3,000 speeding citations, stopped about 1,000 motorists for not wearing seat belts and arrested 168 suspected drunken or drugged drivers, according to figures compiled at state police headquarters in Pikesville.

In Carroll County, Danz said, troopers worked double shifts on Friday, the getaway day for the holiday, and 11 extra troopers were on patrol throughout the weekend, taking advantage of state grant money to work overtime.

The enforcement effort, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) ended at midnight Monday.

At least two people, in Charles and St. Mary's counties, died on state highways during the long weekend, according to preliminary reports, state police said.

Despite efforts to educate parents about properly restraining children in vehicles, state troopers issued about 100 citations and warnings for child-restraint offenses.

Troopers investigated 10 traffic accidents in Carroll County and wrote 93 tickets for speeders on Route 140, he said.

Thirty-five speeding tickets were issued where speed limits were less than 55 mph.

Troopers from the Westminster barracks also issued 77 warnings for various incidents and cited 108 drivers for other violations, including offenses such as negligent driving, failing to stop at stop signs and red traffic signals, or for not having a license in their possession when stopped.

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