(PRWEB) October 26, 2012
Today, Maryland Police launch Project Saving Our Loved Ones (SOLO), a Statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking to ultimately save lives and reduce related traffic deaths to zero. A significant expansion of standard enforcement efforts, Project SOLO will deploy mass patrols on area roads that are known to have higher instances of impaired driving arrests and alcohol related crashes. These high risk zones, which are identified through impaired driving crash and arrest data collection, will be targeted by law enforcement between now and the end of the year.
“Impaired driving is a grave issue that results in the death of someone in Maryland every 57 hours,” said John Kuo, Administrator, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Just one loss of life is one too many, and a dedicated effort such as Project SOLO will help reduce such preventable, shocking consequences from happening on our roadways.”
The intense enforcement effort begins tonight at 9:00 p.m. when dozens of Maryland County and State law enforcement and highway safety officials throughout Maryland will saturate specific stretches of roadway until early Saturday morning to identify and arrest drunk drivers. Participating agencies include:
“This enforcement effort is not about writing tickets. Project SOLO is about taking impaired drivers off the road, saving lives and raising awareness of the importance of safe driving,” said Ofc. Frank Enko, DRE Agency Coordinator, Baltimore County Police Department. “Every law enforcement and highway safety official involved in this initiative has been thoroughly trained and briefed to effectively target all signals of impaired driving. Drunk drivers will be caught.”
Project SOLO will emphasize enforcement of Maryland’s Impaired Driving Laws most prominently at night. In 2010, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes nationwide was four times higher at night than during the day. Fifty five percent of alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in fatal crashes between midnight and 3:00 a.m., and 42 percent between 3:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
For more information about Project SOLO or to arrange an interview with the Maryland Highway Safety Office, Maryland Vehicle Administration, Baltimore County Police Department, Maryland State Police, or family members of alcohol-impaired driving victims, please contact Amy Bowman at 410-727-6855 or abowman(at)stantoncomm(dot)com.