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The Baltimore County Police Department is still watching for those who choose to speed, drive aggressive or distracted. As there is less traffic on the roads because more people are heeding the advice of staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it doesn’t mean that drivers can ignore the traffic laws.

There are still people who need to be on the road – police officers, fire fighters, medics, nurses, doctors. Don’t be a danger to others who are working tirelessly to save lives. Speeding has always been a main contributing factor to fatal crashes.

Police will stop drivers who speed and drive aggressively or distracted, and especially those under the influence. Those drivers will be ticketed!

Slow down, pay attention and think of others who are working around the clock. Drive safely to get you and others to the destination alive!

The next edition of On the Beat, the Baltimore County Police Department's cable TV program, runs through March.

The opening segment focuses on Metro Crime Stoppers, a non-profit organization that provides valuable assistance to several law enforcement agencies in our area. Ms. Beth Watson, Treasurer of Metro Crime Stoppers, explains how to submit tips for unsolved felony crimes. If your information leads to an arrest and conviction, you will receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. Callers may remain anonymous.

The topic in our second segment is our DUI Task Force. Officer Bodway, of the DUI Task Force, explains how this team keeps our roadways safe from drunk and buzzed drivers. It features traffic operations and stops made by this team of officers.

The department's new police uniforms and patrol vehicles will also be introduced in this program.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On the Beat is available online, if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

The Baltimore County Police Department reminds those hitting the road this Labor Day weekend that drinking while driving and distracted driving are dangerous and against the law.

Baltimore County police officers will be assigned to “saturation” details throughout the county from Friday, September 2 through Monday, September 5. A saturation detail consists of officers who patrol areas that throughout the year had a high concentration of DWI (Driving While Impaired), and DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offenses.

Anyone driving with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level of .08 or higher is considered legally drunk and will be arrested.

Drivers with a BAC level lower than .08 may be incapable of driving and are subject to arrest. Driving while “buzzed” is dangerous because the driver’s reaction time is impaired. Driving “buzzed” is considered a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) offense. DUIs are punishable by a fine or possible arrest.

Officers will be on the lookout for aggressive driving, speeding, failure to use a seatbelt and texting or using a handheld cell phone while driving. Drivers can be ticketed and fined for failure to obey the law.

Think before you get behind the wheel. Texting and drunk driving can have deadly consequences.

If you know you will be drinking alcohol, arrange for a designated driver. You’ll save your life and the lives of others.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017