OCEAN CITY, Md. - Ocean City police are stepping up enforcement of detecting impaired driving across the town, according to a release from the department.
Specially trained officers will this week begin keying in on curbing drinking and driving ahead of Memorial Day weekend, historically a very busy weekend in the Maryland beach town.
"Impaired driving continues to be an issue in Ocean City and now with this dedicated enforcement team we will be able to combat impaired driving head on," Police Chief Ross Buzzuro said in a release. "Finding a sober ride home is an easy choice one can make to protect their safety."
Ocean City Police Department officials are hoping its officers will find similar success in targeted DUI enforcement like that Maryland State Police SPIDRE team.
"Impaired driving is one of the biggest problems on our roadways,” Milt Chaffee, administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and the state's Governor's Representative for Highway Safety, said.
"An average of 175 people have died every year for the past five years as a result of someone being impaired while behind the wheel,” Chaffee continued. “I applaud the Ocean City Police Department's effort to stop impaired drivers and urge all drivers to always find a safe ride home. Call a friend or call a cab but do not get behind the wheel after you have been drinking."