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Drunk Driving Initiative Launching Through Perry Hall, Kingsville

The Maryland Highway Safety Office, Baltimore County Police Department and Maryland State Police plan to launch Project SOLO Friday night into Saturday.

Drunk drivers: consider yourselves warned.

Starting in White Marsh, police are planning an intense all-nighter Friday into Saturday, directly through Perry Hall and Kingsville.

Project SOLO, which stands for "Saving Our Loved Ones," is a joint effort of the Maryland Highway Safety Office, Baltimore County Police Department and Maryland State Police.

Between 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 and 4 a.m. on Oct. 27, 15 county and state law enforcement vehicles will be stationed along the seven-mile stretch of Belair Road, between the Baltimore City line and the Harford County line, according to the press release from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

Each of the targeted areas have been "identified as high profile for impaired driving arrests and alcohol related crashes," according to the release.

Project SOLO will launch from the White Marsh police precinct on Perry Hall Boulevard at 8 p.m., where Maryland families of drunk driving victims are expected to speak about the importance of traffic enforcement. Between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m., officers will disperse to their various locations and begin administering sobriety tests to suspicious drivers. Officials stated they anticipate several arrests.

"This kind of saturation patrol is a great way to attack the problem," said Baltimore County Officer James French, who is participating in the initiative.

"A lot of residents are being warned about Hurricane Sandy, and we have another warning. If you choose to drive while impaired, you will be arrested," French added.

Are you concerned about drunk driving along Belair Road? Do you feel like police initiatives like this one are effective? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

You October 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM
So now... Harford Rd, Philadelphia Rd, Rt 40, and all the back road routes will be more dangerous, now that drunks are informed.
You October 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Sting operations never work when the public is informed prior to the sting.
Kim Ruark October 27, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I thought it was named SOLO after the drinking song, Red Solo Cup... Seriously though, It is frightening to think how careless we can become about such a serious, deadly risk. I thank God that I never hurt someone, including myself or my family.
Dottie Cordwell October 27, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I agree, they should just do the stops and not let the public know in advance where they are planned.
JD1 October 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Having worked behind a bar for 10+ years, I find it ironic that cops and firefighters are some of the worst DUI offenders and somehow seem to consistently escape prosecution...

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