Monday, March 16, 2009

Just In Time For St. Patrick's Day....

...comes this warning from HoCo PD:

The Howard County Police Department will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location this week to promote awareness and reduce the number of alcohol-impaired drivers on the roads.

The checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers. Officers will be checking for violations such as driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to use seat belts and failure to use child safety seats.

The department conducts several checkpoints throughout the year, in addition to utilizing special enforcement details specifically targeting drunken and drugged drivers. Last year in Howard County, alcohol was a factor in eight fatal collisions, and 1,296 people were arrested for driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated.

By promoting awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, police hope to reduce the number of drivers under the influence and related collisions and injuries. Police remind citizens to always designate a sober driver or refrain from drinking alcohol if they will be driving.

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