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Six Arrested in Ellicott City at DUI Checkpoint

Police say five were arrested for driving under the influence.

Five drivers were charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in a Howard County Police DUI checkpoint in Ellicott City on the weekend of Dec. 8. 

According to a statement from the department, nearly 650 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, on Route 40 westbound at the intersection of Governors Run Way in Ellicott City on the night of Dec. 8 and the early morning hours of Dec. 9.

Members of the Howard County Police Department, the Howard County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk driving (M.A.D.D), and the Maryland State Police staffed the checkpoint 

In addition to the five DUIs, police said in a statement that one driver was also arrested for driving with a suspended license. 

The sobriety checkpoints are used in conjunction with saturation patrols - a large number of officers in a small area - to fight drivers drinking and doing drugs behind the wheel.

The Howard County checkpoints are part of a national Strikeforce campaign and partially funded by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office.

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Jason Keyes December 11, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Is this part of the quota?
Billy Duval December 11, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Why do the Howard County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk driving need to help staff the checkpoint?
D December 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM
No, it is part of keeping drunk idiots from killing innocent people.
Jane Howel December 12, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I agree. HoCo MADD is not part of law enforcement so they should not be there.
Billy Duval December 12, 2012 at 02:37 AM
And now there is a story about a store window on MAIN STREET that was smashed in. HOW can this happen? Does the Howard County Police Department realize there is more to their job than just cruising Route 40 bettween Normandy and Turf Valley looking for drunk drivers? Can't find a policeman when you need him? There are at least 15 of them on Rt. 40 at closing time for bars.
Timber December 13, 2012 at 06:03 AM
http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/810999.pdf "These ESTIMATES are based on data from NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Unfortunately, known blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test results are NOT AVAILABLE for all drivers and nonoccupants involved in fatal crashes. MISSING DATA can result for a number of reasons, the most frequent of which is that people are not always tested for alcohol. To address the missing data issue, NHTSA has developed and employs a statistical model to ESTIMATE the likelihood that a fatal-crash-involved driver or nonoccupant was sober, had some alcohol, or was intoxicated at the time of the crash. The statistical model was developed using all available known data in the aggregate (that is, at the national level) and applied to each individual driver and nonoccupant with an UNKNOWN BAC TEST RESULT. The estimates presented include a mix of both known and estimated BACs." ================================================ My comments: these guesses and estimates from their statistical model are being used as facts, but in reality these are nothing more than LIES substituting as facts. The part stated as, UNKNOWN BAC TEST RESULT, are nothing more then conjecture because those that were NOT tested could never be viewed as a BAC TEST RESULT ever. An omission is a nullity. Basically a portion of the resulting 'test results' are bullshit fabricated LIES MASQUERADING AS THE TRUTH.

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