Two DUIs at St. Paddy's Day Sobriety Checkpoint

Howard County and Maryland State Police arrested four drivers as a result of a sobriety checkpoint on MD 175.


Police said they arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol during a in Columbia from Saturday night into early Sunday.

Officers from Howard County and Maryland State Police set up a checkpoint on eastbound MD 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive, where 858 vehicles drove by. Police pulled over seven vehicles for further examination, according to Howard County Police Department spokesperson Bryce Buell.

In addition to two DUI arrests, police said one driver was arrested for a drug violation and another was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Howard County sobriety checkpoints are funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and are part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.

MG42 March 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Only two? Oh noes, they probably didn't make their quota!
JaySmith March 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM
They counted 858 cars passing east on Route 175 and pulled 7 of them over. How many 'officers' did it take to perform this 'checkpoint' activity? Correction to article: All this 'activity' is funded by private sector worker taxpayers. Period. So-called 'grants' are just moving the money from one pocket to another, but it comes from the private sector (non-govt) workers.
Michael Wallman March 20, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Hey Jay, Sorry you think it's such a waste of money. I guess you think it would not be a waste when a drunken driver who's NOT pulled over kills your family.
Sarmajor March 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Jay isn't a police fan. He thinks that the Officers and Troopers stood by and watched 851 cars pass by and snagged only the 7 that represented offenders. My thoughts are that something seems to be working if that few were arrested in that many cars that were looked at. Or, the word got out to avoid E/B 175...
Nonlinear March 20, 2012 at 02:34 PM
They post the checkpoints on the web page or HOCO PO-PO Read, Drink, Drive.
Rand McNally March 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Well, let's stop everyone then! As long as you feel safe in your Utopia! As long as the trains run on time, you don't care who they stop and search, right? (Did you get the Nazi reference?)
JaySmith March 21, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Michael: Rand is exactly right. We cannot (over)pay countless govt ees to stop every act of irresponsibility. Our personal economic freedom cannot afford it. And it would not be possible to stop drunk driving anyway. If our idiots in charge of govt wanted to stop it, they'd mandate a breathalyzer to start every car. That actually might be a good idea. At least it wouldn't require govt ees to pretend to improve the problem. They only pretend, so they can keep the tax money flowing to them, excessively by the way. Mike, have you ever thought how much it cost to have extra policemen doing this junk? Take one. Pay, overtime, excessive lifetime pension and healthcare from age 45 to 82 (avg lifespan), you get about $5million paid over 60 years, for just 20-25 years of working. That's lifetime $5M for each policeman. It's a freaking bad joke on the private sector taxpayers Mike.
JaySmith March 21, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Dude: That's what the article said. Snagged 7, and 2 were under the influence, 5 were not but were snagged. That's what the article said. I'm a fan of minimal police presence in Howard County. Ever notice they always show up AFTER the crime's been committed? That's certainly less than perfect. I can think of many ways to reduce crime with less police. It's not that complicated.......not rocket-science. But then, there wouldn't be as many govt jobs "needed".


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