Police Work to Prevent Drinking and Driving, Underage Drinking
Police added enforcement on the evening before Thanksgiving.
Montgomery County Police stopped more than 200 cars in downtown Bethesda on Wednesday evening as a way to prevent driving while intoxicated and target underage drinking — prevalent concerns on the night before Thanksgiving.
Thirty-six officers were trained to recognize false identification and 31 officers took part in the enforcement around Montgomery County — an effort that included the use of saturation patrols, undisclosed sobriety checkpoints and compliance checks with the Department of Liquor Control, according to information police released on Thursday.
Police added enforcement because statistically, the night before Thanksgiving has had the greatest potential for underage drinking because of the number of college students who return home and want to celebrate.
Preliminary results from the police activity on Nov. 24 included:
- Vehicle stops by officers- 213
- Warnings- 102
- Traffic citations- 110
- DUI- 7
- Equipment Repair Orders- 36
- Criminal Charges:
- Urinating in public- 6
- Drugs- 1
- Disorderly conduct- 2
- Civil citations- 2
- Alcohol establishment checks with the Department of Liquor Control- 7
- Vehicles through the unknown sobriety checkpoints:
- Old Georgetown Road at Battery Lane- 807
- East West Highway at Montgomery Avenue- 575