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Allegany Co. Sheriff’s Office To Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint

April 18th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office 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.

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, failure to use child safety seats, and handheld cellular devices.

The department conducts several checkpoints throughout the year, in addition to utilizing special enforcement details specifically targeting drunken, drugged, and distracted drivers.

Last year the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office investigated over 300 crashes in 2016, resulting in 150+ injuries and 12 fatalities.

Checkpoints conducted by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office 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.

If you see a drunken or distracted driver on the road, please call 911.  You might just save a life.

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