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Date: Mar 15, 2018

A 27-year-old woman was flown to the hospital with non life threatening injuries today after a concrete porch in Gwynn Oak collapsed from under her and she  fell 10 feet into a confined space.

BCoFD tactical rescue units were called to the 3500 block of Venetian Rd., 21207, at 3:09 p.m. The patient was conscious and alert in a void space beneath the collapsed porch, but she was trapped by a slab of concrete. It took specialized tactical rescue units from the Texas Fire Station and Pikesville Volunteer Fire Co. about an hour to free her.

The woman was able to climb a ladder to safety and suffered non life threatening injuries. Because of the high-risk nature of this call, she was flown by MSP Aviation to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend. The festivities will be in full swing starting Friday night and may not let up until sometime Sunday.

To all party-goers, we at the Baltimore County Police Department wish everyone well, but remember, we will be out and about strictly enforcing drunk, drugged and aggressive driving laws.

If you are stopped on suspicion of driving while drunk or drugged, the officer will conduct a sobriety test. If you are found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, both illicit or prescribed included, you will be arrested, your vehicle will likely be towed and a court room will be your next stop.

It is not worth the hassle of driving impaired. You could face loss of driving privileges, hefty fines, possible jail time, court costs, and legal fees. There are points on your license to worry about and your insurance premiums will rise, that is if the insurance company doesn’t drop you. The enactment of "Noah's Law" in 2017 also requires all driver's convicted of a drunken driving offense to install a mandatory ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Is it worth it?

To avoid all of this, why not do some simple things to stay out of trouble.

Parties aren’t all about liquor and beer. Parties usually have lots of great food so fill your plate and enjoy. Drink soda, water or other non-alcoholic beverages.

If you know you might overdo it, don’t drive. Instead, take a cab or a car sharing service, or ask someone to be the designated driver.

For those hosting parties, be responsible. Collect car keys when a guest arrives. Provide lots of food and alternative non-alcoholic beverages. Provide a list of taxi services and other driving services. In some cases, you may want to have a guest stay overnight to sleep it off.

Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and drive smart so you can have fun next year.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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