The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office announced that it, in collaboration with a handful of local law enforcement agencies, will operate a sobriety checkpoint over Labor Day weekend.
“Certainly the concern is that any one DUI is one too many,” said Cpl. Jon Light, a sheriff’s office spokesman. “If you’ve had any [to drink], it’s too much to get behind the wheel.”
Light said the sheriff’s office could not provide DUI statistics at this time, but maintained that “DUI continues to be a major cause of traffic collisions” in Carroll County.
By conducting and publicizing the checkpoint, the sheriff’s office and its partners — the Maryland State Police, the Hampstead Police Department, Sykesville Police Department and Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office — aim to remind county drivers that it’s of paramount importance to find a sober, designated driver.
Uniformed officers, lights and signs will identify the checkpoint clearly, though the location will not be disclosed beforehand, according to a news release from a the sheriff’s office. The sober-driving enforcement is just one of many checkpoints that the sheriff’s office and other Carroll law enforcement agencies conduct through the year as a part of a Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign funded by the Maryland Highway Safety Office.
The increased drunk driving enforcement comes after two people were indicted this month on charges related to the death of other motorists during a collision while driving under the influence in Carroll County.
A Carroll County grand jury indicted a Pennsylvania man for his role in a March crash that led to a Manchester resident’s death.
Bruce Kehr, 63, of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, was indicted on charges including criminally negligent manslaughter by vehicle or vessel, driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving while impaired by alcohol, among other charges.
Earlier this month, William D. Charles Jr., 39, of Manchester, was indicted by a grand jury on six charges in relation to the death of man in a 2017 collision.
Police said Charles was driving a Chevrolet Suburban when he crossed a double yellow line and struck a Ford pickup truck head-on. The truck’s driver, 29-year-old Christopher Fleck, was killed in the Sept. 23 crash outside Taneytown.
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Charles was indicted on charges including homicide with a motor vehicle while impaired with alcohol, criminally negligent manslaughter with a vehicle and driving a vehicle while impaired by alcohol, among other counts.