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Howard County Police to Hold Sobriety Checkpoint

The previous checkpoint was postponed due to weather, police said.

Don't be surprised to see police out in force this weekend in Howard County.

The Howard County Police Department announced Wednesday that officers would hold a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location over the weekend.

Police said the checkpoint would be clearly marked with signage, lights and uniformed officers.

Funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office, the sobriety checkpoint initiative is designed to raise awareness about impaired driving while reducing the number of drunk drivers on the roads, according to police.

In 2013, the Howard County Department reported that it arrested 1,165 individuals for driving under the influence.

Throughout the year, the Howard County Police Department holds sobriety checkpoints and has special details focused on targeting drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol, police said. 

Most recently, a checkpoint that was slated for March was postponed due to inclement weather, police said.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Maryland residents, according to police.

Approximately 27 percent of fatal collision in Howard County in 2013 were alcohol related, police said.

Police encourage driving sober, obeying speed limits, wearing a seat belt and eliminating distractions. Anyone who sees a drunk driver on the road should call 911.
Jason Keyes April 16, 2014 at 05:46 PM
Where is the information about this checkpoint published? Under Sietz, the police are required to publish not only that they are going to conduct a checkpoint but also where it is and what times it will be operating.
Marcus Aurelius April 17, 2014 at 07:02 AM
it is good thing we can all just get stoned now, or take prescription drugs and drive, ever notice none of these are ever outside FOP lodges ????
Paul Hahn April 17, 2014 at 07:08 AM
What does "alcohol related" mean? If I've been drinking over the limit and I'm legally stopped at a red light and a sober driver smashes into my car, is that "alcohol related"?
Paul Hahn April 17, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Duh, I just did a search and found my answer. If either driver has had anything to drink at all, it is "alcohol-related." Also, if a sober driver hits a drunk pedestrian walking on the sidewalk, it is "alcohol-related." So "alcohol-related" doesn't necessarily mean an accident that was caused by drinking. It is basically a useless statistic.

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