Ocean Pines Police Issue Warning after Spike in Alcohol Consumption Level

The Ocean Pines police department has issued a warning after seeing an increase in the blood-alcohol level of drivers who have been arrested for driving while intoxicated.

“Recently, in three arrests that were made: one was two-and-a-half times the legal limit, the other was two times the legal limit and a third was at the legal limit,” said David Massey, Chief of Ocean Pines police department.

Police chief Massey believes holiday parties, this time of the year, are to blame.  In every state, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or more. But officers in Ocean Pines are now seeing cases that involve a BAC of .15 percent, which is alarming. Drivers with a BAC of .15 percent suffer from gross motor impairment, lack of physical control, blurred vision and major loss of balance, police said.

“That’s not typical,” said Police Chief Massey. “We are seeing an uptick in the amount of blood-alcohol. So, I think we need to warn our citizens that when they are partying at Christmas time to have a designated driver or use a local cab service.”

Officers with the Ocean Pines police department will be assisting Maryland State Police with a sobriety checkpoint. The goal is to reduce the number of impaired drivers on Worcester County roadways.

Ocean Pines has a state certified, full service police agency that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The department protects life and property, preserves the peace, and enforces all state and county laws, including traffic laws, in a fair and impartial manner. All sworn officers attend 23 weeks of intensive police training at the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in Salisbury, Maryland. Upon graduation, all officers are certified by the Maryland Police Training Commission.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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