This holiday season, the Maryland State Police implemented a new program called Project Save Our Loved Ones. The program is aimed at catching people who have gotten behind the wheel while under the influence. It also seeks to cut down underage alcohol consumption.
Officers working on the Project SOLO operation were out in force over the Thanksgiving holiday According to the man in charge of the state police's Frederick barrack, nearly 10 percent of the 71 drivers pulled over by Maryland State Police troopers for various violations were given field sobriety tests, and two of them were arrested for "suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol."
Project SOLO is collaboration between both local and state agencies. They are concentrating their efforts on Frederick and the main roadways leading into and out of the city. The recent snowstorms forced them to cancel a planned effort for the second full weekend of the month. While further Project SOLO operations have not been set, Frederick barrack's troopers will be out during the rest of the holiday season.
The funding for this increased law enforcement presence is made possible by a grant. In addition to focusing on drunk driving, troopers will also be watching for people speeding or driving aggressively. Although the dates for the next operation will not be announced until next year, the Frederick barrack commander says that Maryland state troopers in the area will conduct their own traffic enforcement over the next several weeks.
Obviously, for everyone's safety, no one should get behind the wheel if they have been drinking. On top of that, DUI charges are serious. A conviction can result in fines, jail time and the loss of driving privileges. Anyone who is charged with a DUI-related offense, whether innocent or not, should not go it alone. It is important to have a legal representative who will protect your legal rights and work to minimize that impact on your life.
Source: The Frederick News-Post, "State, city police continue seasonal DUI enforcement" Daniel J. Gross, Dec. 20, 2013