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Local woman remembered at checkpoint

La Plata, MD-- On Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. the Town of La Plata Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint.

In addition to the town, other agencies such as the Charles County Sheriffs Office, Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Transit Authority joined in to help crack down on drunk driving.  

The check points are designed to insure that no drivers are drunk while behind the wheel.

But the project was also a way to remember a special individual who was gone to soon. Autumn Marie Jenkins, a local girl was killed April 28 by a drunk driver. At the time of her death she was a volunteer with the Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Department.

  According to her father, Tommy Jenkins,  "we want to educate the public that driving under the influence, texting and driving, and talking on the cellphone are not acceptable." 

Also in attendance was Pfc. Tommy Johnston, along with the Jenkins family Johnston was a huge contributor to getting this checkpoint established.

According to Johnston " this is very personal for me, I knew Autumn when she was a baby, I was with her when she first started at the volunteer fire department."

Johnston opened the discussion that occurred in the La Plata town hall, he was followed by many others, including law enforcement officers and individuals who hold office.    

"We hopefully can start a non-profit organization, and have more speeches to inform the public about drunk driving." Jenkins said. 

Contact Charlie Seifert at c.seifert@thebaynet.com 

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