One of the constants of the winter holiday season are sobriety checkpoints by local and state law enforcement. Troopers from the Maryland State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint shortly before Christmas and will conduct them throughout the holidays.
Being careful about impaired driving is especially important in the Ocean City, Maryland area which has the highest conviction rate for DUIs and DWIs in the state.
To provide a safe alternative to drivers getting charged with a DWI or a DUI, Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration is encouraging Marylanders to take advantage of Lyft rideshare credits. Maryland residents, including Ocean City drivers, can get a $20 Lyft credit.
The credit is available from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. between now and Monday, Jan. 2. The code to use is: NYEMAKEAPLAN2023.
The move is aimed at preventing Marylanders who might be impaired by alcohol from getting on the roads.
How to redeem the credit
To take advantage of the credit, open the Lyft app, choose “Payment” from the menu on the top left corner, and scroll to the “Add Lyft Pass” section. $20 will be applied to the user’s account.
DUI, DWI statistics
During the first two weeks of December 2022, 500 people were arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). At least one arrest occurred in each of Maryland’s 24 jurisdictions.
In 2021, 173 people died and more than 2,800 were injured on Maryland roadways due to impaired driving. More than 15,430 people were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — 1,616 of those arrests occurring between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
If you are facing DUI or DWI charges, an Ocean City DUI attorney can help. The attorneys at Maronick Law LLC have experience with Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Baltimore, Essex, Ocean City, Towson, White Marsh drunk or drug driving matters.
Maronick Law LLC is open during the pandemic and continues to meet your legal needs. We can meet with you remotely if you have access to Zoom. You can contact the law office at 410-881-4022 or via our website for a free consultation.