Howard County police are giving drivers fair warning: Drive sober or face the consequences.
Police will be watching for drunk drivers especially closely this week with a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location.
On average, five people are killed in impaired-driving crashes between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, according to Howard County police.
On Dec. 10 of last year, when his car swerved off Montgomery Road in Ellicott City and crashed into a house, igniting his car and setting the house on fire.
The victim's blood-alcohol level was .20, according to the report -- more than twice the legal driving alcohol limit of .08 -- and he was not wearing a seat belt.
And on Dec. 23, when his car drove off Frederick Road in W. Friendship, striking a utility pole and a brick pillar. According to the police report, Dunsmore had a blood alcohol level of .26.
In all, police in Howard County determined that alcohol was a factor in six of 13 fatal collisions last year. In 2010, police arrested nearly 1,650 people for driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence.
-With reporting from Brian Hooks