Many states use sobriety checkpoints to stop drivers on the road, as well as to alert the public that police patrols are out and that finding a sober way to travel is a wise idea. Maryland’s program is called “Checkpoint Strikeforce” and it uses a combination of sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols to enforce the state’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws and other traffic regulations.
A sobriety checkpoint is a stationary point set up along a major road at which police stop various vehicles to speak to the drivers and look for signs that might arouse suspicion of drunk driving or other violations. Most sobriety checkpoints are announced in advance since studies show that their strongest effect is to deter drunk driving by encouraging drivers to not get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking.
For 2012, the Checkpoint Strikeforce program plans to increase Maryland DUI traffic stops through checkpoints and roving patrols on major holidays. Upcoming scheduled saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints are to take place on Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving weekend, and in both early and late December, especially during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day 2013.
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