Thank you for the story about the sign outside the state police barracks in Bel Air. It brings back wonderful memories. One week after moving from Delaware to Maryland, I walked into the barracks and asked why their old sign didn't include the number of alcohol-related fatalities.
It was political.
People complained about the dummies, "You mean if I get killed, then I am a dummy?"
In my personal fight against drunk driving, I didn't like the word "accidents." I spoke with a trooper who was in charge of the sign at that time and told him I thought I could get MADD to pay for the replacement if they would include the alcohol-related deaths. The sign cost less than $600. That was the beginning of my work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Harford County, and a successful fight to raise awareness, lower incidence, and to have an impact.
I have taken my fight to Wisconsin but hopefully, those who remain in Maryland will take up the torch and help the state police get another great sign with an important message to help save lives.
Kimberly Anez (formerly Schaffel)
Somerset, Wis.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun