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25 Vehicles Pulled Over at DUI Checkpoint
25 Vehicles Pulled Over at DUI Checkpoint


The Howard County Department of Police conducted a Sobriety Checkpoint on Friday, August 19, 2011 into the morning hours of Saturday, August 20th.  The Checkpoint was established on eastbound MD Rt. 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive in Columbia.

844 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, which was manned by Howard County Police Officers and Maryland State Police Troopers. Representatives of the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) were also in attendance.

 Twenty Five (25) vehicles were pulled over for further examination and Ten (10) drivers were arrested and charged with Driving under the Influence of Alcohol. Two drivers were arrested for a drug violation.

By promoting awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving, police hope to reduce the number of drivers under the influence and the associated collisions, injuries, and deaths. All vehicles that passed through the Checkpoint were given informational brochures regarding the dangers of impaired and intoxicated driving.

Checkpoints conducted by the Howard County Police are part of the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign and are funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office. This particular Checkpoint was part of the Zero Deaths Initiative, an aggressive state-wide effort to reduce traffic fatalities during what is historically the deadliest month for traffic crashes on Maryland roadways.

The Howard County Department of Police will continue to use Sobriety Checkpoints and Specialized Saturation Patrols in the future as a means of combating Drinking and Drugged Drivers.



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