County police plan extra vigilance against holiday revelers Officers setting sobriety checks

December 04, 1992

County police say they plan to set up sobriety checkpoints over the holidays and will strictly enforce speed limits and ticket any motorist caught not wearing a seat belt.

The efforts are part of designating December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Police Chief James N. Robey said police will set up two sobriety checkpoints during the month.

"It is our way of trying to keep you alive," he said during a ceremony this week announcing the plans.

So far, sobriety checkpoints in the county have netted about 283 arrests, including alcohol and CDS violations, weapons violations and resisting arrest, police said.

Alcohol contributes to 20,000 highway deaths each year and was a factor in about 40 percent of all traffic deaths in the county in 1991, police said.

Frederick W. Chaney, coordinator for the state highway administration's "Operation Buckle Down," attended the ceremony and noted good news from 1991.

Last year, drug- and alcohol-related accidents fell 17 percent across the state and 31 percent in Howard County, largely due to efforts by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chaney said.

Bonnie Cook, vice president of the Howard County chapter of MADD, said, "We just appreciate the efforts tremendously. We like the fact the statistics are coming down."

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