Officers will check for alcohol, seatbelt compliance and use of child safety seats.
The Howard County Police will set up a sobriety checkpoint somewhere in the county this weekend, police said in a statement Wednesday. Police will be in marked and unmarked vehicles in a setting with lights and signage. While the department did not say where the checkpoint would be, it did say what officers will be looking for: The checkpoint is partially funded by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and falls under the Checkpoint Strikeforce, a multi-state initiative to take impaired drivers off the roads. This is the second DUI checkpoint of the summer, after police arrested four people for driving under the influence on the Fourth of July. In Howard County, alcohol was involved in 25 percent of fatal crashes last year, …
Howard County and Maryland State Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint in Columbia late Saturday.
Police said they arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol during a scheduled sobriety checkpoint in Columbia from Saturday night into early Sunday. Officers from Howard County and Maryland State Police set up a checkpoint on eastbound MD 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive and observed 858 vehicles, pulling over seven vehicles for further examination, according to Howard County Police Department spokesperson Bryce Buell. In addition to two DUI arrests, police said one driver was arrested for a drug violation and another was arrested for driving with a suspended license. HCPD checkpoints are funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and are part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.