No Alcohol-Related Deaths
No alcohol-related traffic deaths were reported in Montgomery County during the holiday season, but 309 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, county police reported this week. They credited an ambitious campaign of checkpoints and police vigilance aimed at keeping drunk drivers off the roads with preventing deaths.
The holiday period is defined by police as from Dec. 13 through Jan. 3.
Police said 29 of the arrests resulted from eight sobriety checkpoints set up throughout the county. The county began using the checkpoint system in 1982.
Police said that although no alcohol-related traffic deaths occurred during the holiday period, 19 people were killed in 1987 in 14 alcohol-related traffic accidents. Nineteen alcohol-related traffic deaths were reported in 1986, and 20 in 1985.
The 309 recent holiday period arrests bring to more than 4,500 the total number of drunken driving arrests last year. Montgomery Police Chief Bernard D. Crooke Jr. said the arrests make 1987 second only to 1985 in the number of arrests since Montgomery police in 1981 began an ambitious campaign to catch drunk drivers. In 1985, 4,607 people were arrested on drunken driving charges.
County officials reported that the response to free workshops to help property owners understand the state property assessment and appeals process has been heavy.
The first workshop was held Monday in Rockville. The rest are scheduled for tonight at the Laytonsville Fire House, 21400 Laytonsville Rd.; Monday at the Olney Library, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd.; Wednesday at the Gaithersburg Library, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave.; Jan. 14 at the White Oak Intermediate School, 12201 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring; Jan. 19 at the Stella B. Werner Council Office building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville. The workshops will run from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
To register or for information, call 279-1274.