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.