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DUI Checkpoint This Weekend

Officers will check for alcohol, seatbelt compliance and use of child safety seats.

The Howard County Police will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the county this weekend, police said in a statement Wednesday. Police will be in marked and unmarked vehicles in a setting with lights and signage.

While the department did not say where the checkpoint would be, it did say what officers will be looking for:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Failure to wear seat belts
  • Lack of child safety seats

The checkpoint is partially funded by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and falls under the Checkpoint Strikeforce, a multi-state initiative to take impaired drivers off the roads.

This is the second DUI checkpoint this summer, after police on the Fourth of July.

In Howard County, alcohol was involved in 25 percent of fatal crashes last year, according to the Howard County Police Department, which arrested 1,391 people for driving under the influence in 2011.

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Dave August 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I do not agree with the legislation about the seatbelt laws. I do agree with drunk driving laws, however I stand by my belief that there must be probable cause before the state can detain a person, test him, and check inside his vehicle. Is it ok for the police to stop every person walking down the publically funded sidewalks and search inside their pockets or backpack for drugs, weapons, or stolen items? It could save lives and help a lot of people! And I wont even mention the issue of asking illegals for proof of citizenship, although it all falls into a similar argument, which falls under probable cause .
MR6453 August 17, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Dave, driving is a priveledge, not a right. Therefore the state does have the right, and duty to check that the priveledge is not being abused in the interest of the safety of others.
Dave August 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM
oh, since 'driving is a right', all that 'probable cause' baloney that citizens and officers alike have been taught for so many years doesn't apply? They don't need any reason to pull you over? Check inside your car? Check your breath? I go back to my main argument - using your logic and belief of the rule of law, if it saves just one life, the police should be pulling over every single car on the road just to check for anything and everything - driving's a privilage, remember - and it could save lives! We just disagree. You are one of the many people in this state who want to give up some liberty to gain some safety and security. I would rather have my liberty and take the risk of having a little less gov't imposed 'safety'. (and no, I don't want everyone driving around in a drunken free-for-all. just adhere to 'probable cause')
Ladyhawkkk1 August 18, 2012 at 12:20 PM
To dave: If you have never had a family member or friend who has died or been in a serious accident because some selfless drunk chooses to get behind the wheel, that would definitely change your mind. Check points for drunk driving in my opinion helps. It’s not about money or power -If they get the drunks off the road -one less family will not have to experience the trauma of a knock on the door or a call in the middle of the night from law enforcement informing them their family member is dead or in the hospital. Checking seat belts or child seat is fine in also onlyIf law enforcement see’s the obvious than yes -pull them over. I know firsthand that seat belts save lives. My child was in a serious accident and almost died. Heading down to shock trauma is not something anyone should have to experience.
Dave August 18, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Again, I prefer NOT to legislate by emotion. Do I need to repeat everything I already said above? If the police can stop EVERY car on the road without reason and without probable cause JUST BECAUSE IT MAY SAVE ONE LIFE OR HELP ONE FAMILY, we are giving the state permission to bypass the intended law and telling them they can do anything "if it may save just one life"! It's wrong, but evidently mob rules in this state.

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