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Drinking Driver Monitor Program Graduates 15

October 21, 2011 - Little-known but very important among DPSCS agencies is the unit of the Division of Parole and Probation whose monitors keep track of convicted drunken drivers. It’s called the Drinking Driver Monitor Program (DDMP), and its monitors keep tabs on more thanphoto1 15,300 Marylanders whose convictions caused a judge to order them enrolled in specialized community supervision.

On October 21, fifteen men and women graduated from the Drinking Driver Monitor Program (DDMP) Academy, entering service as full-time State employees with a single mission: to keep convicted drunken drivers from offending again and creating more heartbreaking victim tragedies.

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The keynote speaker was Baltimore City District Court Judge Joan Bossmann Gordon, who herself was the victim of a drunken driver in the 1980s. (The elderly man who hit her registered a .29 blood–alcohol level at 4 in the afternoon.) Judge Gordon, who has also been a prosecutor, defense attorney, administrative law judge, assistant state’s attorney, and assistant attorney general, has vast courtroom experience with DWI cases. She reminded the new monitors of the potentially life-saving significance of their work.

DDMP monitors work in the same offices as regular Division of Parole and Probation agents. The October graduates will be deployed to DPP offices all across the state.