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Police Planning Sobriety Checkpoint For July 19-20

During the evening of Saturday, July 19, and early morning hours of Sunday, July 20, town police plan to conduct a sobriety checkpoint on a local road to check on whether motorists are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Police did not disclose the location of the checkpoint.

One supervisor and seven police officers will conduct the special enforcement project, according to police Lieutenant Christopher Vanghele.

Motorists driving in both directions on the road will be stopped and will be briefly interviewed to determine whether they are driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Police also will seek out other vehicular violations, such as driving without wearing a seatbelt.

Police hold such checkpoints to make local roads safer for the motoring public.

The event on July 20-21 is the second of three sobriety checkpoints planned for this summer.

During the July 4 holiday weekend period, police had extra officers  on patrol from July 2 through July 6 to check for intoxicated drivers, among other offenses. During that period, police made one DUI arrest, issued three summonses for driving under suspension, gave out one summons for speeding, and issued eight infractions, plus 56 warnings.

Three-quarters of the police overtime costs stemming from sobriety checkpoints and other specialized DUI enforcement projects will be covered with grant funding.

All members of the police patrol division recently received specialized training in detecting “drugged drivers.”

Drugged driving pertains to motorists whose driving skills are impaired by the use of central nervous system depressants, inhalants, dissociative anesthetics, cannabis, central nervous system stimulants, hallucinogens, and narcotic analgesics.

Street drugs typically used by drugged drivers include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, according to police.

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