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Sobriety Checkpoint Scheduled Soon

A sobriety checkpoint will be operating in Essex County. Check the story for the dates.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

If you spot a state trooper camped out by the side of the road somewhere in Essex County this weekend, he or she may be doing more than just watching for speedsters.

Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, has announced that a sobriety checkpoint will be established on an undisclosed public way in Essex County from Friday, Dec. 6, into Saturday, Dec. 7. 

The superintendent said in a press release that the purpose of the checkpoint is to further educate motorists and strengthen public awareness about the need for both detecting drivers who are operating under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and get them off the road.

He said the checkpoint would be conducted over varied hours, safety will be assured, vehicles will not be chosen arbitrarily and troopers will try to minimize inconvenience to motorists by giving them advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the highway safety division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

sever December 04, 2013 at 06:59 AM
The proponents of roadblocks readily and publicly admit that the purpose of roadblocks is not to catch drunks (which they seldom do). The purpose is to intimidate and to make general public fearful of drinking and driving. This tactic is aimed directly at people whose driving is not affected and who are not over-represented in traffic accidents. How can a free and open society we try to tell the world the US represents, condone the arbitrary stopping, interrogating, intimidation and searching of its citizens?

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