State police planning sobriety checkpoint DWI enforcement grant to pay for it

December 17, 1992|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Staff Writer

Reponding to the large number of driving-while-intoxicated arrests in Carroll County this year, the Maryland State Police of the Westminster barracks will set up a sobriety checkpoint tomorrow, starting at 11 p.m.

The checkpoint site was selected as a result of alcohol-related accidents covering a three-year period, 1988 through 1990.

First Sgt. Steve Reynolds said five of this year's 29 traffic fatalities have been alcohol-related.

Troopers at the Westminster barracks have made 633 DWI arrests this year, down slightly from the 668 for the same period last year.

The operation is being conducted in conjunction with National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month to demonstrate the continuing commitment to remove the drinking driver from the highway, Sergeant Reynolds said.

Troopers assigned to the checkpoint will be compensated as part of a special DWI enforcement grant.

The program will not reduce the number of law enforcement officers assigned to routine patrol duties throughout the county.

Several members of Mothers Against Drunk Driving are expected to observe the operation, said Lt. Roy Neigh, commander of the Westminster barracks.

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