Troopers Labor Throughout State Yielded Positive Results

One life is lost to suspected impaired driver in Calvert Co.

PIKESVILLE, Md. (Sept. 8, 2015)—The Maryland State Police say their Labor Day weekend efforts had a positive effect on reducing crashes and keeping the public safe to enjoy the last holiday of summer.

Preliminary information indicates from September 4 through September 7, troopers made approximately 8,075 traffic stops. They issued 5,493 citations and 4,720 warnings. There were 126 drunk driving arrests and 866 repair orders issued for defective vehicle equipment.

In support of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, S.P.I.D.R.E., a full-time drunk driving enforcement team, was out this weekend in areas of Prince George’s County where drunk drivers and drunk driving crashes are known to be prevalent. The team arrested 20 impaired drivers and issued over 120 citations. Five of those drivers arrested were repeat offenders.

The traffic enforcement efforts of the Maryland State Police led to criminal violations as well. Troopers made 65 arrests and an additional 75 wanted people were arrested on outstanding criminal warrants.

Troopers assigned to the Southern Maryland and Eastern Shore regions worked the Operation SHOWBOAT initiative and inundated the Route 50 corridor from the Chesapeake Bay to Ocean City. Operation Millipede enforcement efforts placed troopers along the entire I-95/I-495 corridor from the Delaware to Virginia state lines. Both operations successfully contributed to highway safety this weekend. During these initiatives there were no fatal or serious crashes.

On Monday in St. Mary's County, the Leonardtown Barrack hosted a sobriety checkpoint between midnight and 2:30 a.m. The operation consisted of 13 Troopers from the Leonardtown Barrack and three St. Mary's County sheriff deputies. The checkpoint was conducted on MD Rt. 5 south of Mohawk Drive in Charlotte Hall. The checkpoint focused on the Charlotte Hall area since it has been identified as a high occurrence area of DUI arrests and DUI related collisions. During this operation, a total of 313 vehicles passed through the checkpoint. Of the 313 vehicles, twelve drivers were pulled to the testing area for sobriety testing. As a result, one subject was arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana less than 10 grams. Additionally, another subject was also issued a civil citation for possessing marijuana less than 10 grams.

Unfortunately, police were unable to intercept one suspected drunk driver in Calvert County on Saturday who took the life of a 59 year-old Chesapeake Beach man and put his wife in the hospital with serious injuries. Police identified the suspected impaired driver as Robert Rambo, 57, of Prince Frederick. Police determined that the Chevrolet Silverado operated by Rambo was travelling westbound along Maryland Route 231 when it crossed the double yellow center line and drove onto the eastbound shoulder where it struck a GMC Envoy in a head on offset manner. The deceased driver of the Envoy was identified as Peter Schroeder, 59, of Chesapeake Beach. The front seat passenger of the Envoy was the wife of the deceased, Mary Schroeder, 54, also of Chesapeake Beach. Mrs. Schroeder was listed in serious but stable condition after the crash.

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