From the Maryland State Police, JFK Barrack:
(Perryville, MD) – Maryland State Troopers from the JFK Memorial Highway Barrack are hosting the first annual “Janet Hardy Memorial Checkpoint” this weekend in an effort to combat impaired driving in Harford County.
On October 26, 2003, Janet Hardy, 13, and Daphine Gizzi, 55, were killed on their way to the Baltimore Farmer’s Market to sell apples with friends, when their vehicle was struck head on by a drunk driver. Since the tragic incident, Janet’s mother, Debbie Hardy has been an advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
As a community volunteer, Debbie Hardy has inspired countless individuals with her presentations on drunk driving prevention, including the Maryland State Police. Recently, Hardy visited with state troopers at the JFK Barrack to share her story in an effort to stop this preventable violent crime. Troopers were so moved by her discussion, the decision was made to name their next DUI checkpoint after her daughter, Janet.
Word spread quickly in the community to the private sector. After learning about the event, the Chick-Fil-A at Nottingham Square donated coupons to be provided to law abiding citizens, who successfully pass through the checkpoint in Harford County. The donation represents a thank you to motorists who have taken the necessary steps to ensure safe and sober driving on Maryland roadways.
DUI checkpoints have proven to be a useful strategy in reducing the number of victims injured or killed in crashes involving impaired drivers. Troopers from JFK Barrack made 582 arrests for driving under the influence in 2012, making them the highest producing barrack in the state.
Troopers from the JFK Barrack will be conducting the DUI checkpoint this weekend along with troopers from the Bel Air Barrack, North East Barrack, and sworn personnel assigned to the Special Operations Division. Deputies from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company will also assist in the initiative.
A briefing at the JFK Highway barrack will occur prior to the enforcement initiative on Friday, Feb. 15 at 10 p.m. All media are invited to attend.