PIKESVILLE, Md. – “SPIDRE”,  the targeted law enforcement program was launched in May 2013 and focuses on reducing alcohol related crashes in Maryland by targeting areas across the state with high crash rates involving impaired drivers.  The goal is to improve highway safety and help Maryland achieve the goal of zero deaths on our roadways. The SPIDRE Team is funded by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Office.

In 2013, 152 people were killed in alcohol related crashes in Maryland, accounting for 33 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state that year. Using data to identify high risk areas, the elite team of seven specially trained Maryland state troopers and their partners continue to make arrests in these concentrated areas to further reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by impaired driving. Maryland state troopers will continue to collaborate with law enforcement partners in an effort to reduce the number of alcohol related crashes in Maryland.

The S.P.I.D.R.E. team has saved countless lives since inception. Below are the latest statistics: