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The 3rd Annual Sergeant Marvin T. Haw IV Boating Safety Day is set for Saturday, June 2 at Wilson Point Park, 950 Beech Drive, Middle River 21220. The event is sponsored by the Baltimore County Police Marine Unit, the Essex Precinct, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police, the United States Coast Guard and other agencies.

Families, boaters and non-boaters are invited to the event that begins at 11 a.m. and finishes at 4 p.m.

While the “Sober Boater, Safe Boater” theme focuses on the dangers of mixing alcohol and operating a boat, we encourage everyone to think about safety in all aspects of boating. That includes wearing flotation devices while on the water.

Visitors are encouraged to participate in water safety demonstrations, enjoy food from local vendors and meet with local marine businesses. There will be prizes and an opportunity to participate in the MR SUP (Middle River Stand Up Paddle) Family Fun Paddle.

Visit the Boating Safety Day Facebook page to learn more.

Join us. It’s time to go boating!

This time of year is one of the most exciting times a teenager can have. For seniors, this is the prom and graduation season. Time to celebrate with family and friends the accomplishments of four years of study and yes, stress.

Celebrations can be as quiet as a dinner with family or a big party with friends.

However, those celebrations for some include alcohol and or drugs. This is a lethal combination when teens, or anyone, get behind the wheel and drive.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there is a dramatic increase in teen fatalities extending from April into July.

Baltimore County Police Officer Jennifer Peach suggests that parents and teens write and sign a contract. The contract would stipulate that when the teen calls home for help, there will be no questions or punishment.

Another reminder about distracted driving. Put the cellphone away when you get into your car. Let someone else pick out the music or make the calls.

When you drive distracted, drunk, or drugged you put not only yourself at risk, but those with you in the car and those other drivers on the highway.

Have fun and enjoy your time as a teen, but don’t cut it short by driving drunk, drugged or distracted.

Throughout this holiday weekend, Baltimore County Police and other law enforcement agencies will be on the roads looking for aggressive, drunk and distracted drivers.

We all want to get to our destinations and enjoy our time with family and friends, but speeding may not get you there any faster. On the contrary, you could be stopped for speeding and aggressive driving. Once you are stopped, the officer will check your license, registration, and check to see if you have any outstanding warrants.

Should the officer suspect drinking and/or drugged driving, the officer will conduct a roadside sobriety test. If the result indicates you are driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs, you will be arrested on the spot and face some big fines. You will also have to pay a lawyer and court costs. You could lose your license, and your insurance will go up.

Distracted driving has been compared to driving drunk. The three seconds it takes to look down at your cellphone is just enough time to crash into another vehicle or strike a pedestrian. The message can wait, as can the phone call.

Take your time driving to Grandma’s house. She will forgive you if you are a little late.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Revised June 27, 2017