WESTMINSTER - Organizers say they are heartened by a turnout of 42 Carroll residents at a meeting to start a chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Until Wednesday's meeting at the Quality Inn, Carroll has been part of the Towson-based Northern Chapter, which also includes Harford, Cecil and Baltimore counties and Baltimore.

"Because of the drinking and driving incidents in Carroll County, we felt they should have a chapter of their own," said George L. Layman, a volunteer with the Howard County Chapter.

He said the chapter here can increase awareness of the dangers of driving after drinking.

Of the 23 traffic deaths in Carroll so far in 1990, seven were in alcohol-related accidents, said Sgt. Steve Reynolds of the state police. Of the 24 county traffic deaths in 1989, eight were related to drinking and driving, he said. Nationally, half of all traffic fatalities are related to drinking, Reynolds said.

Shirley Hampt of Westminster volunteered to lead the chapter, which could have its own office after one year.

"It was unbelievable the number of people. They said when Howard County started, they had four people show up," Hampt said. Several of the 42 were candidates and elected officials.

The next meeting will be 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Room 7 of the Carroll County Office Building, 225 N. Center St. For more information, call 857-5844.

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