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Howard County Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint
Howard County Police to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

The following information was sent to us by Elizabeth Schroen:


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 is part of the 

agency’s traffic safety initiative to keep county roads safe for residents and travelers during the holiday season. 


The checkpoint will be clearly marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers. Officers will utilize both marked 

and unmarked vehicles and will be checking for violations including 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 six of 13 fatal collisions, and 1, 645 people were arrested for 

driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. 


Checkpoints conducted by Howard County police are part of Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign and are funded in 

part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. 


Traffic crashes continue to be a leading cause of death for Maryland residents. Police urge drivers to always drive 

sober, obey the speed limit, wear a seat belt and eliminate distractions. 


According to the State Highway Administration, in Maryland, an average of five people are killed between 

Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day in an impaired-driving crash. If you see a drunken driver on the road, please 

call 911. You might just save a life.