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Winter 2010 | Vol. 12 | No. 3
Maryland Forms New Alcohol Safety Action Program
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has issued an executive order calling for the assembly of a task force to examine and develop a framework for an alcohol safety program. The purpose of the task force is to lay the groundwork and build a comprehensive impaired driving program titled the Maryland Alcohol Safety Action Program (MASAP). The MASAP would help track and serve the “whole” offender from the point of arrest, through adjudication, completion of treatment and beyond. The goal is to ensure proper sentencing, education and treatment strategies and a reduction in recidivism through monitoring. MASAP was a recommendation of the statewide Task Force to Combat Driving Under the Influence of Drugs and Alcohol. The Task Force has resulted in a variety of successive laws and initiatives that has strengthened state DUI laws and programs. Maryland’s efforts were recognized with a 2009 Peter K. O’Rourke Special Achievement Award.
The announcement of the new effort was made by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown at the state’s annual tribute to lives lost by drunk drivers, “Maryland Remembers.” This ceremony honors victims and their survivors while also serving as a powerful reminder to potential drunk drivers of the personal and legal costs of drunk driving. GHSA’s Executive Board was meeting in Annapolis and members attended the remembrance.