Monday, March 18, 2013
Howard County police increased patrols over St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Howard County announced Monday that they arrested 21 people for driving under the influence during increased patrols over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. “Thankfully, we'll never know if one of those drivers might have injured himself or someone else, or worse,” officials wrote on the Howard County Police Department Facebook Page. Carroll County officials were also among the law enforcement agencies watching out for drivers under the influence over the holiday, officials reported Monday. Two drivers were arrested in Carroll County during a weekend sobriety checkpoint, according to law enforcement officials there. A sobriety checkpoint earlier this month in North Laurel netted five driver arrests, according to Howard County Police. See …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Howard County Police confronted questions from the public on a planned sobriety checkpoint this weekend.
A routine press release from the Howard County Police Department on an upcoming sobriety checkpoint this weekend generated 89 shares, 64 “likes” and more than 25 comments on Facebook. What was all the fuss about? Reactions to the Tuesday post from the department ranged from worries about drinking and driving, texting and driving, to questioning why the police department had to inform the public prior to a sobriety checkpoint --- doesn’t that defeat the purpose? “I think it's stupid that the police [department] has to tell the public these things,” wrote Robin Maldonado-Shaw on the Howard County Police Department Facebook page. “You drink and drive you should go to jail! I know plenty of people who have just been slapped on the wrist yet …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Police said the holiday period has a high incidence of alcohol-related traffic fatalities.
Howard County Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the county this weekend. Police said the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's has a high incidence of alcohol-related traffic fatalities, with about 25 people per day being killed nationally in impaired-driving crashes. The checkpoint is one of several that have occurred throughout the year. A checkpoint on Route 1 in North Laurel in August netted five arrests and one in Columbia on MD 175 eastbound in March led to the arrest of two people. Twenty-five percent of the county's fatal collisions in 2011 were alcohol-related, according to police. In 2011, police arrested 1,391 individuals for driving under the influence. Sign up for the Elkridge Patch…
Friday, January 6, 2012
A DUI charge was thrown out after a judge said officers were working on an illegal quota system.
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Friday, January 6, 2012
A Howard County judge said that the police department used an illegal quota system in its DUI enforcement and dismissed a DUI charge against a woman who was arrested on Main Street last year, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. At the center of the case was a memo, obtained by the prosecutor, that Howard County Police Chief William McMahon said repeated wording from a grant that the county received, the Sun reported. The grant mandated that “an average of 3-4 citations must be written per hour on each of these details by each officer or future funding may be withheld.” In an interview with Patch, McMahon said of judges decision: "I was surprised and disappointed and I think it's a bad ruling."
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
More police officers were out during the holiday weekend
A total of 18 people were arrested for driving under the influence for the Fourth of July weekend in Howard County, which attracted 42,000 people to Columbia’s Lakefront for the annual fireworks show. One juvenile was arrested at the Lakefront on charges of minor assault in relation to a fight that broke out, said Howard County police spokeswoman Elizabeth Schroen. “In the past several years, we have not seen very many arrests or any at the Lakefront at the celebration,” said Schroen, referring to the lone assault charge during the fireworks event. “It’s usually families there to have a good time. We hope to keep it that way--that’s why we do staff the area with a number of officers for security.” But the 18 DUIs are "typical" for the …