The Charles County Sheriff’s Office cares about keeping impaired drivers off the roadways. Recently, Charles County Sheriff Rex W. Coffey and Master Corporal Judith Thompson – the CCSO Alcohol Enforcement Coordinator – joined Chief Carl Schinner of the La Plata Police Department, and representatives from the Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Charles County Board of License Commissioners, and the Motor Vehicle Administration’s Traffic Safety Office to promote the Designate a Sober Driver project which is in full swing for the holidays. Specialty bags were handed out to local liquor and beer retailers and distributors with a special message stamped on the front of the bag: Designate a Sober Driver. The idea is to keep safe and responsible driving in the forefront during holiday celebrations. “Drinking and driving is very dangerous and each year, hundreds of people die in our nation because of impaired drivers. It’s important to always designate a sober driver. So, whenever we can keep that message in the forefront, hopefully people will listen and celebrate responsibly,” said Sheriff Coffey. Other partners in the project include the State Highway Administration, the Charles County License Beverage Association, Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland, Bob Hall Distributing LLC and Guy Distributing, Emergency Medical Services, local liquor license holders, and numerous prevention, treatment, and healthcare organizations.

Designate a Sober Driver 2013

Pictured from left to right are (front row) Trooper Todd Newcomer; Guy Black; Ginny Crane; Nick Ferrante, Jr.; Larry Edwards; Pamela Smith; M/Cpl. Judith Thompson; (back row) Cpl. Michael Payne; Sgt. Charles Simmons; Eric Best; Chief Carl Schinner; Wayne Magoon; Thomasina Coates; Sheriff Rex Coffey and William Young.

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