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The Charles County Sheriff’s Office and Maryland State Police reported no major incidents over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Charles County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Diane Richardson said Tuesday that the sheriff’s office had three of its boats from the marine unit patrolling on the water from Port Tobacco to Cobb Island on Friday, Saturday and Monday. Officers reported no arrests and no moving violations during that time.

Richardson said that typically on Labor Day weekend, there are a lot of people out on boats.

“It looks like everyone boated safely,” she said.

A three-car crash at 8:44 p.m. Sunday at U.S. 301 and Bilingsley Road in St. Charles closed westbound Billingsley for about an hour.

MSP said that one person was taken to University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata with injuries that were not life-threatening.

Details were not available by Tuesday afternoon, but an officer said it did not appear that alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Officers with the town of La Plata Police said that the weekend was a quiet one for them.

Law enforcement agencies from across the region participated in the annual statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on impaired driving, which included high-visibility enforcement throughout Maryland from Aug. 16 through the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Richardson said the sheriff’s office and town of La Plata police had a sobriety check point set up on Route 6 near Quailwood Parkway on Aug. 28 as part of the program.

Officers made contact with 860 vehicles, and issued one citation, three warnings and five safety equipment repair orders for different traffic violations. Officers made one drug arrest.

“Overall, in terms of driving or boating while impaired, we had a relatively quiet weekend. From our standpoint, people are taking precautions and designating sober drivers. … We like that and hope it continues because our agency will continue to look for these types of violations on a regular basis,” Richardson said.

gphillips@somdnews.com