If your Fourth of July weekend celebrations will include a drink, plan ahead to get a cab or have a sober driver.
The Prince George’s County Police Department is planning two operations to find and arrest those who choose to drink and drive over the holiday weekend.
Nationally, the July 4 holiday typically see a spike in drunk drivers. The department said that in 2012, 179 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes across the country. That’s six times the average daily number.
The county’s RAID team (Reducing Alcohol Impaired Driving) will be out starting Thursday night and throughout the weekend in search of drunk drivers. That team made 233 DUI arrests in all of 2013.
Additional PGPD officers will also take part in a second DUI-related enforcement effort starting Thursday night called Project SOLO – Saving Our Loved Ones. Those officers will fan out across the county looking for drunk or impaired drivers.
On June 27, the department arrested three drunk drivers during a sobriety checkpoint in Laurel.