It aims to keep the roads safe from impaired drivers.
If you travel through Washington County, you might be seeing a lot of police cars on the roads. Over the next two weeks, the Maryland State Police in Hagerstown say troopers and officers from other law enforcement agencies will be increasing their patrols as part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled over" Campaign.
"By notifying the public in advance and by employing high visibility enforcement techniques, we hope to deter people from driving after they've had too much to drink, or having used impairing medication," says Lt. Tom Woodward, the commander of the State Police Hagerstown Barrack, in a statement. "It's better for us to deter rather than arrest, but arrest we will if our warnings are ignored and a driver risks the safety of others."
In addition to sobriety checkpoints, there will be saturation patrols along roadways that have the greatest number of impaired driving crashes.
Motorists are encouraged to contact police if they see any unsafe or impaired driving.
Troopers, deputies and officers will also be keeping an eye out for aggressive drivers, those who aren't wearing a seatbelt, and motorists who have young children that are not properly restrained.