The Howard County Police Department announced this week that it has unveiled a smartphone app called "iWatch." The technology allows Maryland residents to send the police department crime tips through a number of means: text, photo, email and even video.
Maryland has been quite vocal about its campaign against drunk driving. The number of police officers on the road, sobriety check points and other displays of state force are hard to miss. Anyone in Charles County who has a drink or two before driving should watch out because Maryland officers seem ready to pull someone over for even the smallest of infractions. This seemingly overzealous response continues despite a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says the number of teenagers who drink and drive has plummeted over the past 21 years.
There are certain things that police do that may just seem ridiculous to the people of Washington, D.C., and it seems that this is just what happened in a recent attempt to grab a suspect. Police were looking for someone they have accused of robbery when they received a tip that their suspected bank robber was at an intersection. Though police had this information, they didn't know which car the suspect was in or what the suspect looked like.
Washington, D.C., is the seat of federal law, but it is also gathering a lot of criticism for the way the local legal system is handling cases of suspected driving while impaired and driving under the influence. After it was discovered that the District's Breathalyzers were not properly calibrated and that people who had been convicted of drunk driving may not have been intoxicated, police have removed the Breathalyzer program altogether, leaving drivers vulnerable to a "broken system."