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By Megan Watzin and Megan Watzin,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2002
A figure dressed in black from head to toe enters the high school classroom and silently points to its next victim. Students watch as their classmate is escorted out by the white-faced Grim Reaper. The victim soon returns, with a single black tear painted on one cheek - no longer able to speak and pronounced dead for the day. That ghostly image is not a scene from the latest teen horror flick, but is one element in an aggressive effort to help Maryland high school students make it through one of the most dangerous periods of their lives.
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May 20, 2014
Last week, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law legislation requiring that adults caught and convicted of drunk driving while transporting a child younger than age 16 be required to install an ignition interlock system - a device that won't let them start their cars unless they pass a breath test. The bill received modest attention when it passed on the final day of the legislative session, and deservedly so. There's nothing wrong with the law, of course. At least not in a state where police ticketed nearly 400 individuals during the last fiscal year for either Driving While Impaired (DWI)
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff and Baltimoresun.com Staff,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | March 7, 2005
The Baltimore County Police Department will have extra officers on patrol next week to discourage drinking and driving around St. Patrick's Day, authorities announced today. According to the department, the extra officers, known as "saturation patrols," will target county roads seen as problem areas Tuesday through Saturday. St. Patrick's Day is Thursday, March 17. Police said the officers will be looking for impaired, reckless and aggressive drivers and will stop any speeders or tailgaters.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 21, 2013
Erected back when drunk driving was the primary cause of fatal traffic accidents, the death toll sign in front of the Bel Air Barrack of the Maryland State Police met its demise and there's talk of replacing it with something with something a bit more modern. In its final months of existence, the old sign wasn't kept up to date with current numbers, but when it was last in regular use, the number of alcohol related highway fatalities was no longer as high a percentage of the total as it once was. Though drinking and driving remains a problem, and those who get behind the wheel after a little bit of overindulging are a menace to society, other problems have become similar threats to public safety.
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December 6, 1999
THE BREWERS and distillers of America want you to know how much you can drink in Maryland before you'd be judged a drunken driver.It's a seasonal advisory that we can take in a positive spirit. The distillers want to protect us as we welcome the new year. If they're also after an image of responsibility, that's fine, too.The industry's Century Council will provide an "interactive bilingual mini-CD ROM to educate users on the mechanisms of blood alcohol concentration." Age, weight, sex, type of drinks and duration of drinking can be fed into a formula that shows how long it will take you to get soused, dangerous and arrested.
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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 Elaine Tassy and Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1996
For many New Year's Eve revelers, a night of drinking and driving could lead to stiff fines -- and a trip back to school.The court-ordered schooling, which some call the "social drinker program," is a low-profile but often-invoked punishment used on drunken drivers who are not deemed to be alcoholics.And this is the social drinker's busiest season for driving drunk."I think the social drinker is probably out on the road more during the holiday [season] than any other time of the year," said Michael M. Gimbel, who heads the Baltimore County Health Department's bureau of substance abuse.
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May 26, 1991
From: Mary MacKnightCoordinator, MADD of Harford CountyTo: Judge Stephen M. WaldronHarford County Circuit CourtMothers Against Drunk Driving of Harford County salutes you for your outstanding judgment recently in the sentencing of a 19-year-old man for the death of a 17-year-old girl last July.Although the young man was only 18 at the time of the crash, he was responsible for the death of this girl, as a result of drinking and driving.I am sure that the young man or his family did not expect that he would receivea five-year jail sentence, with three years suspended, nor did they expect all the other conditions relating to his (sentence, such as)
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December 19, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Westminster High's Students Against Driving Drunk chapter will sponsor a "Grim Reaper" project today to raise student awareness about drug abuse, drinking and driving.Announcements about drinking while intoxicated statistics will be made at 23-minute intervals to point out how frequently DWI-related deaths occur. An outdoor graveyard and indoor tombstones will be set up.Students will also view the film "The Toll, the Tears," produced by Kelly Burke as part of his community service for a DWI conviction.
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October 21, 1990
WESTMINSTER - Organizers say they are heartened by a turnout of 42 Carroll residents at a meeting to start a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.Until Wednesday's meeting at the Quality Inn, Carroll has been part of the Towson-based Northern Chapter, which also includes Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties and Baltimore."Because of the drinking and driving incidents in Carroll County, we felt they should have a chapter of their own," said George L. Layman, a volunteer with the Howard County Chapter.
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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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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 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 | February 10, 2008
It's not easy to get a 14-year-old to consider being more careful at parties. But that's the effect a program on teen drinking and driving had on Derek Staub, a freshman at Centennial High School. "It did kind of influence me to be more careful when I'm older," Derek said. He was among about 100 students and parents who gathered in the Centennial High auditorium Wednesday night for "Branded `D.U.I' - Consequences for Teens Who Drink and Drive," a program from the nonprofit HC DrugFree.
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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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By Matthew Dolan and Matthew Dolan,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2005
For $100, Yolanda R. Johnson promised people that they could skip out on reporting for their weekly probation. For $150, she offered to end court-ordered supervision altogether. The 33-year-old former probation officer from Baltimore admitted in federal court yesterday that she extorted thousands of dollars last year from 23 probationers convicted of drunken-driving offenses. She pleaded guilty to one count of extortion. In the end, it was the criminals she was supposed to be supervising who gave her up. They became confidential informants for the FBI, wearing hidden microphones to record evidence of bribes.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | September 15, 2000
A Westminster man, who was caught drinking and driving and committing other offenses while on probation for assaulting his wife, was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison, court records show. Keith A. Palmisano, 39, of the first block of Charles St. had a blood-alcohol concentration of .12 when he was arrested in February while driving in downtown Westminster. The legal limit for driving while intoxicated is .10. Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. imposed a one-year prison sentence for the DWI conviction and tacked on five more years for Palmisano's violating probation for three previous unrelated offenses, second-degree assault of his wife, theft under $300 and vehicle tampering.
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Editorial from The Aegis | May 21, 2013
Erected back when drunk driving was the primary cause of fatal traffic accidents, the death toll sign in front of the Bel Air Barrack of the Maryland State Police met its demise and there's talk of replacing it with something with something a bit more modern. In its final months of existence, the old sign wasn't kept up to date with current numbers, but when it was last in regular use, the number of alcohol related highway fatalities was no longer as high a percentage of the total as it once was. Though drinking and driving remains a problem, and those who get behind the wheel after a little bit of overindulging are a menace to society, other problems have become similar threats to public safety.
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By Katie Martin and Katie Martin,SUN STAFF | May 8, 2005
Wearing a red satin prom dress lined with sequins, and shiny white high-heeled shoes, Ashley Smith lay motionless on the pavement outside Liberty High School as sirens wailed and a medevac helicopter approached from the distance. In an "accident" staged by local officials, Smith had been ejected from a car driven by a drunken friend after it collided with another vehicle, and paramedics were working to try to save her life. The dramatization was coordinated by school officials, local fire departments and the Maryland State Police to show students the consequences of drinking and driving.
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By Baltimoresun.com Staff and Baltimoresun.com Staff,SPECIAL TO BALTIMORESUN.COM | March 7, 2005
The Baltimore County Police Department will have extra officers on patrol next week to discourage drinking and driving around St. Patrick's Day, authorities announced today. According to the department, the extra officers, known as "saturation patrols," will target county roads seen as problem areas Tuesday through Saturday. St. Patrick's Day is Thursday, March 17. Police said the officers will be looking for impaired, reckless and aggressive drivers and will stop any speeders or tailgaters.
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