Governor Larry Hogan – Official website of the Governor of Maryland

Announces new grant to provide $ 10 carpooling credits to Marylanders during the holiday season

ANNAPOLIS, MDGovernor Larry Hogan today joined state officials, transportation leaders, security advocates, law enforcement and families for the 18th Annual Maryland Remembers Ceremony, which honors the Marylanders who lost their lives due to impaired driving.

During the ceremony, the governor announced that Maryland is one of five states to receive a grant from the Governors Highway Safety Association to encourage safe alternatives to impaired driving by offering $ 10 carpooling credits. to the Marylanders during the holiday season. The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will provide more information on this initiative later this week.

“No one should ever get behind the wheel of a car and drive impaired, and we hope this creative new initiative will encourage more Marylanders to make better choices,” Governor Hogan said. “Even one death is one too many, which is why we must continue to work together, we must continue to tell the stories of those we have lost and we must continue to do everything in our power to save people. lives and prevent future tragedies. “

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The governor was joined by Secretary Greg Slater of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Chrissy Nizer, administrator of the MDOT MVA, and Superintendent Col. Woodrow Jones III of the Maryland State Police, as well as road safety advocates and families of victims.

Maryland Remembers takes place each year at the start of the holiday season when impaired driving accidents tend to increase. In 2020, 120 people died and more than 2,600 were injured on the roads of Maryland as a result of impaired driving. More than 14,170 people have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and approximately 1,345 of the arrests were made from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

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During today’s ceremony, the Governor presented Constable Jayme Derbyshire of the Montgomery County Police Department with the annual Kevin Quinlan Award for his work and advocacy in preventing impaired driving. The award is named after the late Kevin Quinlan, a longtime road safety professional with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Constable Derbshyire is currently the Co-ordinator of the Alcohol Chemical Testing Unit and has spoken both locally and nationally on impaired driving.

The Hogan administration remains committed to preventing impaired driving accidents and fatalities. In 2016, the governor signed Noah’s Law, a measure that expanded Maryland’s ignition switch program to require locking devices to be installed in the vehicles of convicted drunk drivers, even for the first conviction. In 2019, the governor signed House Bill 707, which increased the maximum jail term for those convicted of homicide and driving under the influence.

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“Today we saw the photos of mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, partners and friends who are no longer with us,” Secretary Slater said. “Every time you get behind the wheel, remember those faces. Your loved ones are counting on you to make the right choice so that everyone can return home safely. “

Maryland Remembers is partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) to help organize this annual event.

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