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Police announce DUI checkpoint for weekend

Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies Tom Vanik and Lisa Snedden conduct traffic enforcement along Md. 407 south of Westminster Tuesday night.
Carroll County Sheriff's Deputies Tom Vanik and Lisa Snedden conduct traffic enforcement along Md. 407 south of Westminster Tuesday night.(Dylan Slagle/Staff Photo)

Police in Carroll County will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location Friday to promote awareness and reduce impaired drivers on the road.

The time and location of the checkpoint are not being disclosed, unlike past checkpoints. Cpl. Jonathan Light of the Sheriff's Office said his agency is not required to disclose the location ahead of time.

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The checkpoint will be marked with signs, lights and uniformed officers from the sheriff's office, Maryland State Police Westminster Barrack and the five municipal police departments, according to a news release.

The checkpoint is funded in part by a grant from the Motor Vehicle Administration's Highway Safety Office, according to the release.

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The announcement of the checkpoint comes on the same day Maryland State Police reported troopers made 77 impaired driving arrests statewide over the weekend as a part of regular patrol duties and not a special enforcement effort, according to a release.

Several alcohol-related crashes were reported over the weekend, including a State Highway Administration vehicle struck while assisting a disabled vehicle in Baltimore County and a police vehicle struck while assisting in a DUI stop in Montgomery County, according to the release.

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