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Sheriff’s Office to Participate in St. Patrick’s Day Sobriety Checkpoints

(Bel Air, Md. – March 17, 2006) — The Harford County Sheriff’s Office will join with other local law enforcement agencies later today in an effort to nab drunk or impaired drivers this St. Patrick’s Day. Approximately 20 police officers from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Havre de Grace Police Department will team up to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in the Havre de Grace area. Officers will be watching for motorist who may be speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, crossing the center line or in other ways operate their vehicles in an unsafe manner.

The checkpoint will be dedicated to Janet Hardy, a 13 year-old who was killed in an accident linked to an impaired driver in October of 2003.

This evening’s sobriety checkpoint has a special meaning for members of the Sheriff’s Office. A drunk driver near Daytona Beach struck an off-duty Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy in February resulting in the amputation to his left leg. Deputy Richard Brooks of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office Court Services Unit, returned to Maryland last week after several weeks of hospitalization and two surgeries following the accident.

Commenting on the partnership of law enforcement this St. Patrick’s Day, Sheriff R. Thomas Golding stated, “Drinking and driving is a recipe for a wreck. If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day and you’re drinking, find a designated driver to get you home. Drinking and driving on Harford County highways is not an option.”