ANNAPOLIS, Md. (December 6, 2011) – TOMORROW, in observance of National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will participate in the 8th annual “Maryland Remembers” memorial event to honor Marylanders who have lost their lives in accidents caused by impaired drivers. The Lt. Governor will highlight the State’s commitment to highway safety and discuss law enforcement and education efforts to reduce impaired driving crashes and fatalities.
Maryland Remembers is held each year by members of Maryland Impaired Driving Driving Coalition, members of Maryland Task Force to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol, and surviving family members of those who have been killed as a result of drunk or impaired driving.
WHAT: Remembrance of victims of drunk driving and recommitment of anti-DUI efforts. Since 2004, elected officials, law enforcement officers, family and friends have gathered to pay solemn tribute to those killed by those driving under the influence.
· Procession of family members carrying victims’ photographs followed by a candle lighting ceremony.
· Presentation of Kevin Quinlan Award, highest ranking impaired driving awareness recognition in the State of Maryland.
· Announcement of most recent state impaired driving statistics and increased enforcement activities throughout the holiday season.
WHY: Drunk driving remains a paramount danger to Maryland residents
· In 2010, 177 people died in alcohol-related crashes in Maryland, up from 173 in 2009.
· Of the 488 traffic fatalities in Maryland in 2010, 36 percent were alcohol-related.
· During this especially dangerous time of year for drunk driving, Maryland law enforcement’s message is clear: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Anthony Brown, Lieutenant Governor, State of Maryland
Colonel Marcus L. Brown, Superintendent, Maryland State Police
Darrell Mobley, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
Casey Brooks, daughter of Corporal Courtney Brooks, a victim of an impaired driving crash
WHEN: Wednesday, December 7, 2011
12:30 p.m. – Registration and Light Reception
1:30 p.m. – Procession of Victim’s Families
1:45 p.m. – Press Event
WHERE: Miller Senate Building
President’s Conference Center West,
11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
**Parking: Parking available at Naval Academy Stadium via Gate 5. Shuttle service will run continuously beginning at 12:00 p.m.