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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.

Over the next few days, Baltimore County Police will be patrolling area roads to keep the roads safe for everyone who ventures out this Halloween.

Halloween isn’t just for kids. Many adults enjoy the holiday attending parties, cookouts and bonfires. These festivities usually have one thing in common – alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with having a few drinks, there is something wrong and dangerous about drinking and driving.

Today there are so many ways to celebrate and stay safe on the road. Revelers, arrange for a designated driver or call on ride sharing services. So easy.

Should you chose to drink then drive, there are penalties. Should you be stopped, you will be asked to participate in a series of sobriety tests. The tests will include not only alcohol, but drug tests. Those drugs include legal prescription and/or illegal street varieties.

If you are found to be driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or both, you will be arrested.

The penalties are not worth the risk. If you drive while under the influence, you could cause an accident,you could kill yourself or, worse yet, kill innocents who are on the road.

A first offense can put you back $ 500 and a possible revocation of driving privileges for one year and 12 points on your license. It only gets worse from there. There are legal fees, loss of insurance and so many other problems just because you got behind the wheel and drove impaired. Don't do it!

Happy Halloween! Drive Sober – Drive Safe.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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