The Frederick Police Department conducted DUI Saturation Patrols with 10 officers on October 27 between 8:30 pm and 2:30 am using grant funding provided by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
For Immediate Release
City of Frederick Police
POC LT Dennis K. Dudley, 301-600-1206
On October 27, 2012 between 8:30 pm and 2:30 am the Frederick Police Department participated in Project Save Our Love Ones (SOLO) funded under a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. Ten Police Officers and one dispatcher participated in DUI saturation patrols on the west side of the city of Frederick West of route 15 along the route 40 corridor and out to the Whittier Development. The officers received one hour training on DUI detection and enforcement and then deployed to conduct traffic operations. The Frederick Police Department conducted 75 traffic stops between 8:30 pm and 2:30 am. One DUI arrest was made during the operation. This was the first of several enforcement details that will be conducted between October and December 2012.
General Project Solo Information
• Project SOLO is a Maryland Highway Safety Office initiative designed to generate broad awareness of the ongoing effort to reduce impaired driving deaths to zero.
• During designated hours from October 26 through December, law enforcement patrols will saturate targeted areas identified as high profile due to the volume of impaired driving arrests and alcohol related crashes.
• Project SOLO provides a significant extension to standard enforcement efforts to combat impaired driving and underage drinking, applying mass saturation patrols for specific periods of time in targeted areas.
MVA Chief Deputy Administrator, Milt Chaffee
• Every 57 hours a drunk driver kills someone in Maryland.
• Of 10,228 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities nationwide in 2010, 154 were in Maryland.
• Alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities comprised 31 percent of Maryland’s total number of crash fatalities in 2010, consistent with the nation’s average.
• Nationally in 2010, alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes was four times higher at night than during the day.
• More specifically, midnight to 3 a.m. has the highest percentage (55 percent) of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes, while 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. has the second highest percentage (42 percent).
• Tonight and during the coming weeks, Maryland Police are conducting mass saturation law enforcement to identify and arrest drunk drivers.
• We’re grateful to all Maryland law enforcement officers for their diligence on this important safety issue.
City of Frederick Police LT Dennis K. Dudley;
• In 2010, 22,604 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Maryland.
• From October through December, all Maryland jurisdictions will be stepping up alcohol impaired driving enforcement, particularly at night.
• Alcohol impaired driving enforcement also can help with criminal enforcement. During our mass saturation patrols and related stops, it is not uncommon for officers to detect other law-breaking, particularly at night when criminal activity tends to increase.