On December 8, 2012 the Frederick Police Department conducted DUI saturation patrols using project Save Our Loved Ones (SOLO) grant funding from the MVA Maryland Highway Safety Office.
On December 8, 2012 the Frederick Police Department conducted DUI saturation patrols using project Save Our Loved Ones (SOLO) grant funding from the MVA Maryland Highway Safety Office. The Frederick Police Department deployed 7 Officers and one dedicated Dispatcher in the downtown area of The City of Frederick between 8:30 pm and 2:30 am. The operation resulted in 3 DUI arrests and one unlicensed driver must appear citation. The Frederick Police Department is dedicated to protecting its citizens and visitors through enforcement and education to reduce the amount of drug and alcohol related crashes. The department will be conducting checkpoint and enforcement operations in the month of December to educate the public and prevent behaviors leading to drug and alcohol related crashes.
Police will engage in Project Saving Our Loved Ones (SOLO), a statewide initiative to combat impaired driving and underage drinking. An expansion of the standard enforcement efforts launched last month, Project SOLO deploys mass patrols on area roads that are known to have higher instances of alcohol related crashes. The high risk zones, which are identified through data analysis of crashes, will be targeted and saturated by law enforcement through the end of the year.
Project SOLO enforces Maryland’s Impaired Driving Laws, most prominently, at night. In 2010, alcohol impaired fatal crashes were four times higher at night than during the day, nationwide. Fifty five percent of drunk 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.
“Project SOLO is about taking impaired drivers off the road, saving lives and raising awareness of the importance of safe driving,” said LT Dennis Dudley, Commander Professional Services, Frederick Police Department “Every law enforcement official involved in this initiative is thoroughly trained and briefed to effectively target impaired driving.”
LT Dennis K. Dudley
Commander Professional Services Division
Frederick Police Department