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Sheriff's Office plans DUI Saturation Patrols for Super Bowl Weekend

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; January 29, 2015 ----- The Super Bowl is America’s most watched sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on having any alcohol on Super Bowl Sunday, make a plan to get home safely now and stick to your plan on game day.

According to data from NHTSA, in 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States—31 percent of all crash fatalities in the nation. Although a driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit in all states, it is important to remember that impairment begins with the first drink. . This February 1, don’t become a tragic Super Bowl stat.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will have additional deputies working Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Enforcement activity will emphasize impaired and distracted driving, with the goal of improving safety on Carroll County roadways. Funding for the additional patrols provided by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration’s Highway Safety Office.

A few reminders and tips from the Maryland MVA Highway Safety Office and the Toward Zero Deaths campaign:

If you’re attending a Super Bowl party or watching the game at a sports bar or restaurant:

  • Download Maryland’s new smartphone app known as ENDUI (pronounced END-DUI) for free from the iTunes store and the Google Play store;
    • With key features such as creating a designated driver list or instantly locating the nearest taxi service or public transportation, ENDUI makes it easier than ever to prevent impaired driving.
  • Designate your sober driver, or plan another way to get home safely before the party begins.
  • If you don’t have a designated driver, then ask a sober friend for a ride home; call a cab, friend, or family member to come and get you; or just stay for the night.
  • Use your community’s sober ride program.
  • Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink.

If you’re hosting a Super Bowl party:

  • Make sure all your guests designate a sober driver in advance, or arrange for alternate transportation to ensure they get home safely.
  • Serve food and include non-alcoholic beverages at the party.
  • Stop serving alcohol at the end of the third quarter of the game and begin serving coffee and dessert.

Note: Maryland’s Toward Zero Deaths campaign focuses on preventing impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving, while also promoting seat belt use and pedestrian safety. For more information on the Toward Zero Deaths campaign or for additional resources, please visit www.towardzerodeathsmd.com

 

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Sheriff DeWees completes Maryland Sheriff's Association Training

Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland; January 9, 2015 ------ Sheriff Jim DeWees has just completed a two day Maryland Sheriff’s Association event, which was held on Thursday, January 8th, and Friday January 9th, at the Rocky Gap Conference Center, in Flintstone, Maryland.

This was the first opportunity for the newly elected Sheriffs to attend a Maryland Sheriff’s Association event.  Sheriffs in attendance received training by senior Sheriffs and other speakers regarding ethics, human resources, and the constitution. The meeting also included a roundtable with all Sheriffs on best practices and issues affecting their counties. These discussions resulted in an excellent networking opportunity, which will provide valuable resources for each of the represented counties.

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