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By James Bock and James Bock,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1996
Kicking off a Baltimore-area campaign to reduce drunken driving, 127 Spanish-speaking Catholics pledged at Mass yesterday not to drink and drive nor to ride with someone who does.Parishioners of the Roman Catholic Community of St. Michael and St. Patrick in Upper Fells Point signed a document called "La Promesa," or the promise. It is part of a national campaign to encourage socially responsible drinking by the Century Council, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group financed by major wine, beer and liquor producers.
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February 28, 2013
Full disclosure: I don't know Baltimore County Councilman Todd Huff, nor am I affiliated with him in any way. But a charge of driving under the influence is serious under any circumstances ("Council member faces DUI charge," Feb. 24). In a perfect world, no such charges would occur because all citizens would be responsible for their actions. However, this is not utopia, and perhaps everyone who receives a DUI should be identified by name, with all details duly noted in a daily Sun column.
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By Lynda Robinson | April 15, 1991
About 50 high school students from all over metropolitan Baltimore gathered at the Hyatt Regency in the Inner Harbor last night to kick off the annual campaign to keep their prom nights safe and sober.The students will distribute thousands of Operation Prom pledge forms to classmates, asking them to make a written commitment not to drink and drive during prom and graduation season. The students' parents also must sign the contracts.Last year more than 15,000 families participated in Operation Prom, which is sponsored by WBFF-TV and Baltimore-area Pontiac dealers.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | November 27, 2012
A Churchville man will spend up to 14 months in jail after pleading guilty Monday to a drinking and driving offense and one count of possession of marijuana in connection with a December 2011 traffic accident in northern Harford County that killed a Pennsylvania man. Charles Robert Creaney, 23, of the 2900 block of Northern Dancer Drive, pleaded guilty in Harford County Circuit Court in Bel Air to one count of negligent homicide by motor vehicle while...
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Staff writer | April 19, 1992
Eighteen-year-old Mark Christie, apparently intoxicated, ran over a child in the Columbia Mall parking lot Friday. But luckily for him, the child popped up again, unbruised, and Christie wouldn't go to jail.The child was a yellow figure used in the Dodge Drunk Driving Simulator program, which imitates the experience of driving under the influence of alcohol. And Christie was one of many curious, sober drivers who test-drove the red 1992 Dodge Daytona.The car is equipped with a lap-top computer programmed to simulate the delayed steering and braking reactions of a person under the influence of alcohol.
NEWS
May 10, 1995
Forget the cold statistics for a moment and think about the dizzying loss of control, the sickening sound of crashing metal and then the flow of blood. This is the time of year when high school students should be creating memories of elegant proms and celebratory commencements, but some students will have live the rest of their lives with memories of injuries and death caused by drunken driving.John Pasquella, a 19-year-old Harwood resident, must live with such awful remembrances. He was a Southern High School senior last May when he drove away from his prom drunk.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | March 16, 2008
Despite several efforts to reduce the number of people in the county who drink and drive, police say some people still haven't gotten the message. That's why the Howard County Police Department scheduled the first sobriety checkpoint of the year at an unannounced location yesterday and Friday. "A number of people lose their lives annually in alcohol-related collisions," said Sgt. Frederick von Briesen of the department's Traffic Enforcement Section. "People continue to drink and drive.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | March 16, 1993
Before Western Maryland College students left for the annual partying rite known as Spring Break, they got a sobering reminder from a campus alcohol awareness and education group: Don't drink and drive.The Western Maryland chapter of Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students staged its second annual "Safe Spring Break" campaign last week before the college's 1,200 undergraduates took off for Cancun, Key West, Daytona Beach or home.The week-long program included a "Ghost Day," during which students or staff members "killed" by drunk drivers spent the day in silence; a pool party; WMC Squares, an adaptation of Hollywood Squares with faculty and staff members in the squares: and a "Hard Mock Cafe" dance featuring "mocktails" such as pina coladas and strawberry daiquiris without rum."
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By MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE | August 17, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Federal and state traffic safety officials started a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving yesterday, saying previous efforts had not done enough to reduce deaths caused by impaired drivers. Drunken drivers accounted for about 13,000 deaths in traffic accidents last year. The crackdown could face resistance from a growing industry devoted to defending people arrested on drunken-driving charges. The groups contend that overzealous police have inflated the problem out of proportion, trampling rights in the process.
NEWS
April 16, 2010
I watched our lawmakers in action this year. I have watched for several years, as the men and women we have elected try to enact laws on our behalf work to create a better, safer Maryland. I took a personal interest in this process after my 18 year old daughter, Alisa, was killed at the hands of a drunken driver. This year, as in years past, I have testified before the Senate and House along side representatives of MADD, AAA, the Maryland State Police, members of the Shock Trauma Team and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in favor of some powerful legislation that would make it tougher to drink and drive in Maryland.
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April 16, 2010
I watched our lawmakers in action this year. I have watched for several years, as the men and women we have elected try to enact laws on our behalf work to create a better, safer Maryland. I took a personal interest in this process after my 18 year old daughter, Alisa, was killed at the hands of a drunken driver. This year, as in years past, I have testified before the Senate and House along side representatives of MADD, AAA, the Maryland State Police, members of the Shock Trauma Team and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in favor of some powerful legislation that would make it tougher to drink and drive in Maryland.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Sun | April 13, 2008
Danielle Crouse took her eyes off the road for three seconds and killed a man. The woman, who spent 16 months in a maximum-security prison, is a bankrupt felon now struggling to take hold of her life. Crouse told her story to 130 students gathered Wednesday in Anne Arundel County District Court as a cautionary tale. Five years ago, she got behind the wheel after having had two glasses of wine and a fight with her boyfriend. She reached for her cell phone to call a friend and ran a stop sign.
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By Tyeesha Dixon and Tyeesha Dixon,Sun reporter | March 16, 2008
Despite several efforts to reduce the number of people in the county who drink and drive, police say some people still haven't gotten the message. That's why the Howard County Police Department scheduled the first sobriety checkpoint of the year at an unannounced location yesterday and Friday. "A number of people lose their lives annually in alcohol-related collisions," said Sgt. Frederick von Briesen of the department's Traffic Enforcement Section. "People continue to drink and drive.
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By MCCLATCHY-TRIBUNE | August 17, 2006
WASHINGTON -- Federal and state traffic safety officials started a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving yesterday, saying previous efforts had not done enough to reduce deaths caused by impaired drivers. Drunken drivers accounted for about 13,000 deaths in traffic accidents last year. The crackdown could face resistance from a growing industry devoted to defending people arrested on drunken-driving charges. The groups contend that overzealous police have inflated the problem out of proportion, trampling rights in the process.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,SUN REPORTER | March 20, 2006
A Gamber man was charged with 10 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child in connection with a car crash that left two teens dead last fall, state police said yesterday. According to an investigation by state police, Cory Lee Slemaker, 22, of the 3900 block of Sykesville Road is accused of purchasing alcohol for a group of teens in exchange for $10 several hours before the Sept. 5 accident. The accident happened about 1:40 a.m. as five juveniles were traveling east on Slasmans Road in Finksburg in a 1998 Jeep Wrangler.
NEWS
December 4, 2005
Put drunken drivers right into treatment Finding out that Maryland ranks among the worst states in the nation when it comes to alcohol-related road fatalities should be a call to action for our lawmakers and governor. The Sun's article "Danger on state roads" (Nov. 29) described the sorry state of our state and the challenge of a strong, life-saving response. But really tough legislation would do more than levy stronger penalties against drunken drivers. It would help prevent drunken driving with a combination of deterrents for people to ever drink and drive and actions to prevent repeat offenders.
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By Bonita Formwalt and Bonita Formwalt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 16, 1997
Charlene Pierpont, a 17-year-old senior at Glen Burnie High School, climbed into the Neon Drunk Driving Simulator at school Friday, sure that driver education and the license she got last month had prepared her.Less than a minute after touching the driver's seat, she drove through a guardrail and plowed into a pedestrian.The guardrail was constructed of orange, plastic pylon cones, and the pedestrian was a pop-up character. But the effect was sobering, just the same.Sober is the goal of a program sponsored nationwide by the Chrysler Corp.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff writer | April 29, 1992
Remember mugs and champagne glasses as prom souvenirs? Forget them."We have decided not to give any mug or anything that would indicate drinking is all right," said Mary Massaquoi, sponsor of the juniorclass at Howard High School.Howard High juniors and seniors will receive a rose and a vase atthe prom. Wilde Lake High prom sponsors will give out photo album covers. At Glenelg High, students buying prom tickets will receive freekey chains imprinted with the words, "Steer clear of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs toward a bright future in Howard County schools."
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By SUSAN REIMER | October 9, 2005
Like most college kids, my daughter can't wait until spring break. I reminded her that we hadn't made it through fall semester yet, but she bubbled past my caution with details of plans to go to Jamaica with 11 of her closest friends. "Well, don't get abducted," I said, thinking immediately of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. "Your father and I don't have the money to spend six months on a Caribbean island looking for you." Jessie is used to that kind of talk from me. Over the top. Worst-case scenario.
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By Dan Connolly and Roch Kubatko and Dan Connolly and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 26, 2005
Angered by troubled pitcher Sidney Ponson's second drunken-driving arrest in seven months, the Orioles are exploring several options to be rid of him, including voiding the remainder of his hefty contract, club sources said yesterday. After Ponson's arrest yesterday morning on charges of driving while impaired and driving under the influence - his third drinking-and-driving arrest in nine years and third overall arrest in nine months - members of the Orioles front office met at owner Peter G. Angelos' downtown law office to discuss a course of action.
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