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Contact: Ethan Alpern (NPS), 202-619-7186
Contact: Sgt. Anna Rose, 202-556-9181
Drunk drivers make Labor Day weekend one of the most dangerous driving weekends of the year, so the U.S. Park Police (USPP) and the National Park Service (NPS) plan to increase patrols on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway over the long weekend.
“Safety requires everyone’s attention, and the National Park Service is focused on making the Baltimore-Washington Parkway safer,” Superintendent Matthew Carroll said. “This year we painted new lane markings, removed overgrown vegetation to improve visibility and installed weather and traffic monitoring devices in cooperation with Maryland. Work will continue this fall as we repave another section of parkway for a smoother and safer drive.”
Used by more than 120,000 vehicles each day, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is one of the most heavily traveled roadways in the Washington metropolitan area. Speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving and impaired driving are some of the most prevalent unsafe and illegal behaviors through the corridor, and behaviors that the NPS and USPP are working to change.
“We want everyone to get home safely and ticket-free,” Lt. Jeffrey Jarboe, U.S. Park Police, said. “No one should die because of drunk or distracted driving, and our officers will be out in force holding people accountable.”
The NPS and USPP are joining law enforcement across the state to curb impaired driving on roadways in Maryland throughout the holiday weekend. Always make a plan before the party for a safe and sober ride home. Officers statewide are looking for drunk and/or drugged drivers during sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!
The increased safety measures being implemented on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway are a result of the efforts of an interagency safety task force and follow the Baltimore-Washington Parkway Traffic Safety Plan.
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.About the United States Park Police: USPP provides law enforcement to safeguard lives, protect national treasures and symbols of democracy, and preserve the natural and cultural resources entrusted to the care of the National Park Service. USPP officers are located in the Washington, New York, and San Francisco metropolitan areas. The force was created by President George Washington in 1791.