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Baltimore County police to target drunk drivers this weekend

Drive sober during holiday weekend

Baltimore County police are urging motorists to drive sober and avoid aggressive driving this Labor Day weekend.

According to county police, "saturation" details will be scattered throughout Baltimore County this weekend, beginning today and running through Monday.

The patrols will target areas that have seen a large number of arrests for driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated over the course of the past year.

Anyone found to have a blood alcohol concentration level of .08 or higher will be arrested, police said, and drivers with a BAC lower than .08 but showing signs of having difficulty driving could also be subject to arrest.

Police will also target aggressive and distracted driving.

First-time DUI offenders in Maryland may have their license suspended for up to six months, face a fine of $1000, receive 12 points on their license and face up to a year in prison, according to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.

Second-time DUI offenders could be sentenced to up to two years in prison, have their license suspended for up to a year, be subject to a $2000 fine and receive another 12 points on their license, in addition to having to enter an alcohol abuse and assessment program.

Those found guilty of driving while intoxicated in the state of Maryland for the first time are subject to a $500 fine, license suspension for up to 60 days, imprisonment for up to two months and eight points on their license, the DMV says.

Second-time DWI offenders face eight points on their license, could serve up to a year in prison, pay a $500 fine and have their license suspended for up to 120 days.

An estimated one-third of all crash-related fatalities that occur in the United States every year involved drunk drivers, according the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2013, there were 424 crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend. Nearly half of those crashes, the NHTSA said, involved drunk drivers.

Baltimore County Police ask that residents designate a sober driver if they plan to consume any alcohol outside of their home this weekend.

They also urge drivers to wear their seat belt and avoid texting and aggressive driving.

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