State police encourage designated drivers for Cinco de Mayo

Maryland State Police are planning to implement impaired driving enforcement programs on Cinco de Mayo.

"Cinco de Mayo has become a big night out for many, particularly among young adults," Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Marcus Brown said in a release. "But it is also a very dangerous night out because of alcohol-impaired drivers. Those celebrating should be sure to designate their sober driver in advance, before the festivities begin."

Last year, two people died on Maryland roads and nationally, 89 people died in crashes on or around May 5. The national number more than doubled from 2011 to 2012, according to state police.

Troopers will be conducting targeted enforcement including DUI saturation patrols and checkpoints and looking for aggressive or distracted drivers.

Those drinking alcohol on Cinco de Mayo or any other day are encouraged to take alternatives to getting behind the wheel by leaving keys at home, using public transportation or calling a friend.

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