Authorities will operate overnight sobriety checkpoints for drivers along Boston Street between Baltimore’s Fells Point and Canton neighborhoods this weekend, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police.
Maryland State Police, Maryland Transportation Authority Police and Baltimore Police officers, will identify drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Those suspected of impairment will be required to take a breath test at a mobile blood alcohol testing truck on-site.
“The location was chosen in part due to an increased number of impaired driving incidents in that area, especially during weekend periods,” according to the release.
After three people were injured in shootings in neighborhood last weekend, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s office on Monday emailed the governor’s office, requesting Maryland State Police assistance with DUI checkpoints in the Fells Point area.
The mayor’s office asked for the state police assistance for the upcoming weekend as well as the July 4th weekend, according to the mayor’s office.
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Mark Edelson, President of the Canton Community Association, said that while his organization did not request the checkpoints, he approves of the new efforts.
“We have long since had issues and concerns with the speed that drivers travel down Boston Street often late at night,” Edelson said. “If these measures improves safety there, provided they are done equitably, then we are very much in favor of them.”
On Tuesday, a group more than 30 business owners in Fells Point sent a letter to city officials threatening to withhold taxes if the city does not address crime and other issues that they say have plagued the neighborhood in recent weeks.
The letter protested the public drinking and alleged drug sales occurring in the popular nightlife hub without action from law enforcement.
Meanwhile, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation also announced several temporary road closures and parking restrictions that will eliminate through traffic in Fells Point from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. this weekend. Fells Point residents will have access to restricted areas for parking near their homes with valid permits.
Baltimore Sun reporter Jessica Anderson contributed to this article.