2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force Concludes

Members of the 2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force

The officers of the Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force devoted their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses during this holiday season.  The eight-week task force began on November 13, 2019, and concluded on January 5, 2020.

During this past week’s Alcohol Holiday Task Force (December 31, 2019, to January 5, 2020), task force officers arrested 32 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).

During the eight weeks of the task force, task force officers arrested a total of 288 people for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or drugs.

(It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the number of total DUI arrests made by MCP officers during this time period is higher).

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 7

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 6

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 5

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 4

2019 Alcohol Holiday Task Force Enforcement – Week 3

2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement – Week 2

2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement – Week 1

MCPD Alcohol Holiday Task Force Begins; Always Choose A Sober Ride

The Montgomery County Police Department reminds residents that they can assist in combating alcohol-related crime and collisions throughout the year:

If you plan on drinking, include a sober driver in your plans:

If you will be drinking, do not plan on driving. Plan ahead; designate a sober driver before the party begins.

When you know you’ll be drinking, leave your keys at home or give them to someone else.

If you have been drinking, do not drive—even a short distance. Call a taxi, Uber, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.

If you believe you are observing a driver impaired by alcohol or drugs:

Call 911.  If possible, and without putting yourself in danger, obtain the license plate of the vehicle, the direction of travel of the vehicle, and a description of the vehicle (make, model, color).

If you have information on establishments that are selling alcohol to youth under 21 or over-serving patrons:

If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

If you believe it is an ongoing issue, you can call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous. Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

You can also call the Keeping it SAFE: Under Twenty-One Alcohol Prevention Coalition at 301-670-7233to report an ongoing issue of an establishment selling alcohol to minors.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

If you have information on an underage drinking party:

If it is occurring at the present time, you can call the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000.

If you have knowledge of a party planned for a future date, you can call the Keeping it SAFE: Under Twenty-One Alcohol Prevention Coalition at 301-670-7233.  You can leave a message and remain anonymous.  You can also call Crime Solvers toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  Please provide as much information as possible.  Tips will be forwarded to the Alcohol Initiatives Section.

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Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Seven

Members of the 2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force

The Holiday Alcohol Task Force officers have been devoting their full-time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

During this past week’s enforcement (December 26 to December 29), task force officers arrested 25 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).**

During the past seven weeks of the Holiday Alcohol Task Force, task force officers have arrested 256 people for DUI.**

**It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the overall number of DUI arrests made by officers during this time period is higher.

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Six

The Holiday Alcohol Task Force officers have been devoting their full-time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

During this past week’s enforcement (December 18 to December 22), task force officers arrested 43 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).**

During the past six weeks of the Holiday Alcohol Task Force, task force officers have arrested 231 people for DUI.**

On the evening of Thursday, December 19, three drivers were arrested for DUI after being involved in traffic collisions in the County.

**It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the overall number of DUI arrests made by officers during this time period is higher.

 

Previous Press Releases: 

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Begins; Task Force Cruiser Struck by Impaired Driver During Enforcement

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Two

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Officer Arrests Driver for Possession of Handgun During Traffic Stop in Silver Spring

Media Advisory: 2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force – Roll Call Tonight

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Three

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Four

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Five

 

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Five

The Holiday Alcohol Task Force officers have been devoting their full-time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

During this past week’s enforcement (December 11 to December 15), task force officers arrested 39 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).**

During the past five weeks of the Holiday Alcohol Task Force, task force officers have arrested 188 people for DUI.**

**It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the overall number of DUI arrests made by officers during this time period is higher.

Members of the 2019 Holiday Alcohol Task Force

Holiday Alcohol Task Force Enforcement Continues – Week Four

The Holiday Alcohol Task Force officers have been devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses this holiday season.

During this past week’s enforcement (December 4 to December 8), task force officers arrested 42 people for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs (DUI).**

During the past four weeks of the Holiday Alcohol Task Force, task force officers have arrested 149 people for DUI.**

**It should be noted that the above arrests include only those arrests made by task force officers and do not include the additional arrests made by patrol officers in the performance of their duties.  Therefore, the overall number of DUI arrests made by officers during this time period is higher.

Also, during this time an impaired driver struck a 6th District officer’s marked patrol car while the officer was responding,  with lights and siren activated, to a robbery.  This incident is summarized below:

On Sunday, December 8 at approximately 4:25 p.m., a 6th District officer was responding in a marked patrol car with lights and siren activated to the report of a robbery that had just occurred in Montgomery Village.  The patrol vehicle, which was traveling eastbound on Montgomery Village Avenue and slowed as it approached the intersection of Frederick Road (Rt. 355).  Vehicles in the first two lanes of northbound traffic on Frederick Road stopped so that the officer’s vehicle could proceed through the intersection.  A 2003 Honda Accord which was traveling in lane three of northbound Frederick Road at Montgomery Village Avenue, failed to slow and yield to the police car as it proceeded through the intersection with lights and siren still activated.  The Honda struck the front end of the police car and then struck an additional vehicle at the intersection.   The officer, a 29-year-veteran of the department, was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The driver of the third vehicle involved in this collision was not injured.  The 32-year-old female driver of the Honda Accord was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  She was subsequently charged with several traffic offenses to include DUI.

MCP cruiser struck by DUI driver on December 8, 2019

 

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