Sheriffs Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers

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The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office has implemented the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Program, a voluntary parental notification system used to reduce the number of young drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents.

How it works:
  1. Parents voluntarily register with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office any motor vehicle that will be operated by a driver under the age of 18.
  2. An identification decal is mailed to your address and affixed to the upper left side of the windshield of each registered vehicle.
  3. If, for any reason, the registered vehicle, when operated by a driver under the age of 18, is stopped by a deputy, he or she will complete a notification card providing the following information:
    • Time and location of stop
    • Driver's name and number of passengers
    • Reason for the stop
    • Whether any traffic tickets were issued
  4. Notifications are e-mailed directly to parents to make them aware of potential problems, enabling them to enforce any parental rules that often coexist with teenage driving privileges. The Sheriff's Office offers parents this voluntary notification system to extend their watchful eyes and raise the awareness of drivers under the age of 18. This program provides young drivers with a visible reminder of parental supervision and provides parents with the means of correcting behavior before it’s too late.

For questions regarding the S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Program, call (301) 475-8008.