Wednesday, August 20, 2008

You've Been Warned

It's time again for our own bit of Beijing.

From HoCo PD:

The Howard County Police Department is advising drivers of expected delays Sunday, Aug. 24 due to the Iron Girl Triathlon in Columbia.

The swimming and running portions of the event, which includes 1,500 participants, take place inside Centennial Park, however the cycling portion takes place on various roadways in the county.

Motorists traveling on the following roadways from 6 a.m. until noon should expect delays and plan ahead:

MD Rt. 108
Homewood Road
Folly Quarter Road
Carroll Mill Road
Mt. Albert Road
Cantor Lane
Jumpers Hills Road
Triadelphia Road

Police officers will be directing traffic at the major intersections, but 20-30 minute delays should be expected.

And then, there's this:

In an effort to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads, the Howard County Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this week at an undisclosed location. Police are reminding citizens to designate a sober driver or refrain from drinking alcohol if their plans include driving.

Last year in Howard County, eight people died in alcohol-related collisions and 1,340 people were arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Howard County. So far this year, eight people have died in alcohol-related collisions and 801 people have been arrested and charged with DUI.

Police hope that by promoting awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, the number of drivers under the influence will decline, reducing collisions and injuries.

Please remember to drink responsibly, drive safely and always wear your seatbelt!

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