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56 charged with impaired driving on Fourth of July

Maryland State Police troopers arrested 56 impaired drivers across the state on the Fourth of July, officials said Monday.

Troopers issued nearly 4,500 citations and warnings amid more than 3,200 traffic stops across the state on Independence Day, officials said.

Another 56 people were arrested on criminal charges, and 14 wanted suspects were taken into custody on outstanding warrants during a holiday enforcement crackdown in support of the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" impaired driving prevention campaign, State Police said.

Police also issued 350 repair orders, for fixes such as broken tail lights, according to a news release with the preliminary statistics from troopers' Friday patrols.

In the release, the agency promised additional initiatives throughout the summer to encourage roadway sobriety and safe driving.

Last year, state troopers made 122 DUI arrests over on the holiday weekend.

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