The MDOT MVA and law enforcement officials remind you to stay sober or get pulled over. The State Police Impaired Driving Effort, also known as SPIDRE, has been out once again this summer. Since its formation in 2013, this elite team of troopers has arrested thousands of Maryland drivers for suspected DUI.
SPIDRE Team’s Success Rate
Since its formation, the SPIDRE team has saved thousands of lives by snaring impaired drivers in their web. As of this posting, they have arrested more than 3,000 drivers for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol:
|ARRESTS/TRAFFIC||TOTALS THROUGH July 7, 2019|
|DUI Arrests (Alcohol)||3,055|
|DUI Arrests (Drugs)||24|
|Warnings/Safety Equipment Repair Orders||4,660|
The goal of SPIDRE is to make our communities safer and save lives by getting drunk drivers off the road.
Consequences of DUI and DWI in Maryland
This fall, Maryland’s already strict DUI and DWI laws will become even stricter. According to a recent press release from the MDOT MVA, there will be increased consequences for offenders beginning October 1, 2019. These include:
- Maximum sentencing increases for third- and fourth-time offenders. The maximum for third-time offenders will increase from 3 years to 5 years. For fourth-time offenders, the maximum will increase from 3 years to 10 years.
- Additional penalties for offenders who cause deaths or life-threatening injuries. Such a conviction will incur an additional penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
- More jail time for vehicular homicides involving drug use or offenders with prior DUI/DWIs. Jail time for drug use will increase from 3 years to 5 years. The penalty for prior DUI/DWI convictions will increase from 5 years to 10 years.
- Double penalties for anyone transporting a minor while impaired. This will be the case for first time and subsequent offenses.