PIKESVILLE — Maryland State Police will have extra troopers on patrol all across the state as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.

According to a news release, a variety of initiatives will be employed to keep traffic moving safely, to respond quickly to highway incidents and to take appropriate enforcement action when violations occur, to keep travelers safe on Maryland roads.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 27, troopers from all 23 Maryland State Police barracks will be focusing enforcement efforts on impaired driving, aggressive driving, speeding, distracted driving and other violations that contribute to highway tragedies.

Several barracks will utilize impaired driving grants from the Maryland Highway Safety Office to put additional troopers on the roads. These troopers will be saturating areas known to have a higher frequency of impaired driving arrests or crashes.

Troopers are urging travelers not to drive distracted, impaired or aggressively and to make traffic safety their priority when they get behind the wheel, the release states.

During the 2018 Thanksgiving weekend, troopers reportedly stopped 7,338 vehicles, issued 4,537 citations to drivers and arrested 130 people for allegedly driving under the influence.

Drivers can check travel conditions and delays before they travel. The State Highway Administration provides up-to-the-minute traffic and road conditions at md511.org.

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