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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia law enforcement officials will be on the lookout for drunken drivers this holiday weekend.

Officials say law enforcement members in the state will conduct about 140 sobriety checkpoints over Labor Day weekend. They will also be performing 530 saturation patrols, which are concentrated enforcement efforts aimed at cracking down on impaired driving.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating the death of a Sussex County prison inmate being held on drunken-driving charges.
Authorities say 54-year-old Lloyd Lindner of Bridgeville arrived at Sussex Correctional Institution shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday. An ambulance was called shortly after 6:30 p.m. that evening after he fell from a second floor railing.
Police are investigating the death as an apparent suicide.

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Mark Shaeffer who is running for a seat on the Sussex County Council in the third district was charged with drunk driving on Monday.

Authorities say the incident occurred around 11 p.m. at Savannah Road and Gills Neck Road in downtown Lewes.

Police Chief Tom Spell told the Salisbury Daily Times that the 57 year old Shaeffer was believed to be impaired and given a breath test.

He was arrested and eventually released to his family.

The Daily Times reports that yesterday morning Schaeffer confirmed the charge in an email.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police in Annapolis are launching a new program to combat drunk driving.

The first event of the "Know Your Limit" program is scheduled for Thursday, which is Cinco de Mayo. Police say officers will be located near the Annapolis Market House to offer free breathalyzer tests and distribute literature about drunk driving.

The police department says drivers can show signs of impairment even when they are under the legal level limit for blood alcohol content.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland law enforcement leaders are urging state lawmakers to expand the use of ignition interlock requirements to help stop drunk driving.

They will be joining police officers on Wednesday who have been injured by drunk drivers.

A measure before lawmakers would require all drunken drivers with blood alcohol contents of 0.08 or greater to have the devices. State law now requires them for those with a BAC of 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit for driving.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of putting ignition interlocks in the vehicles of all drunk drivers in Maryland are moving quickly to underscore how it could save lives.

Del. Ben Kramer and Sen. Jamie Raskin held a news conference Wednesday with Lisa Spicknall, the state program director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

They were joined by Capt. Tom Didone, a Montgomery County police officer and a colleague of Officer Noah Leotta, who was killed in December while working on a driving under the influence assignment.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - About 150 high school students are taking part in Anne Arundel County District Court's Schools in the Court program.

On Thursday, the students will be visiting criminal court proceedings and learning about the consequences of being charged with offenses such as drunk driving. The students will also get to meet members of the Maryland State Police's K-9 squad.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Two bars in New Castle County recently installed breathalyzer vending machines to help patrons make smart decisions about whether it's safe to drive home.

The Wilmington News-Journal reports Tailgates Sports Bar and Grill in Newark recently installed the Boozelator 5000, which for $1 dispenses a sanitary straw that patrons can use to blow into a device that will register his or her blood alcohol content.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland has launched a new phone app to fight drunk driving.

The ENDUI app allows users to estimate their blood-alcohol level, test motor skills with games and call designated drivers. The app encourages users to report drunk drivers and warns that "driving with any amount of alcohol in your system may impair you and be illegal."

The free app is available for Android and iPhone users. It was announced Thursday by state government and police officials at an annual memorial service for those who've been killed because of drunk driving.

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The Salisbury University community is mourning the loss of 21 year old Janelle Oni who was killed by a drunken driver in College Park on Sunday.

She graduated last May with a double major in conflict analysis and dispute resolution and communication arts.

Oni was known as someone with a big personality.

Brianna DeNeal-Findley, her close friend and a Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sister, told the Salisbury Daily Times that she always greeted people and was a big presence in any room.

She was also a member of Untouchables Dance Incorporated.

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JESSUP, Md. (AP) - Maryland state police are marking the one-year anniversary of a patrol team that focuses on impaired driving.

State police leaders and other officials will hold a news conference on Wednesday to detail the team's accomplishments. They'll also talk about the team's efforts to combat drunken driving over the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

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Fruitland Police Chief Michael Phillips has been charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired after he was stopped in Somerset County.

The County Sheriff’s Office says that Phillips was released after being taken into custody Sunday on alcohol-related violation.

Phillip’s attorney John Phoebus told the Salisbury Daily Times that the police chief has asked the Fruitland City Council to put him on paid administrative leave until the charges are resolved which the council did.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State lawmakers have given final passage to a bill requiring all people convicted of drunken driving in Delaware to have ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles they drive. 

The Senate passed the measure on a 20-to-1 vote Monday on the final day of the legislative session. The legislation now goes to Gov. Jack Markell for his signature.

Currently, interlock devices are required only for first offenders arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 or higher or who refuse to take a chemical test, and for repeat drunken drivers. 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A bill aimed at cracking down on drunken driving in Delaware has been cleared for a vote in the state House.

The House Public Safety Committee on Wednesday released a bill that require all people convicted of driving under the influence to have ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles they drive.

Currently, interlock devices are required only for first offenders arrested with a blood-alcohol concentration of .15 or higher or who refuse to take a chemical test, and for repeat drunk drivers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland lawmaker has been sentenced to 60 days in jail for driving while impaired and being drunk while operating a boat in a crash that injured seven people.

Delegate Don Dwyer pleaded guilty Friday to driving while impaired in August, when police say an officer saw him driving erratically and stopped him in Pasadena. 

The Anne Arundel County Republican was sentenced to 30 days in jail for that offense and 30 days in jail in the crash. He can serve the time on weekends.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Law enforcement officials are planning DUI checkpoints in Dover and Newark on Friday night as the weekend gets underway.

The checkpoints are part of a regional sobriety campaign targeting drunken drivers by using high visibility enforcement as a deterrent.  The campaign, a six-month effort that runs through New Year's Eve, involves setting up weekly DUI checkpoints statewide.

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PASADENA, Md. (AP) - Anne Arundel County police say a lawmaker who recently pleaded guilty to a drunken boating charge has been charged with driving while impaired.

Police say an officer stopped Del. Don Dwyer's car early Tuesday in Pasadena because he was driving erratically and the officer noticed the odor of alcohol. A police report states that Dwyer identified himself to the officer as a member of the House of Delegates and said he had two beers earlier and was coming from a Baltimore tavern.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court says bars can't be held responsible for accidents their patrons cause after they leave.

The Court of Appeals ruled Thursday in the case of a 2008 drunken driving crash in Montgomery County that killed a 10-year-old girl.

The girl's grandparents, the Rev. William Warr Jr. and his wife Angela, had sued a Gaithersburg bar that served Michael Eaton 17 beers and several more drinks of hard liquor on the night of the crash.

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Starting today in Newark the Office of Highway Safety will set up a DUI Checkpoint as aprt of its Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign which runs each weekend until New Year’s Day.

Safety officials note that traffic deaths and injuries outnumber those from violent crimes by a two to one margin.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court is hearing arguments on whether or not a bar or restaurant can be held legally responsible for the actions of its inebriated customers.

The Maryland Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a drunk-driving case where a patron consumed more than a dozen alcoholic beverages, left the bar and caused a car accident that killed a 10-year-old girl.