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State police to hold sobriety checkpoint in Carroll Co.

Maryland State Police, along with local law enforcement and the State Highway Administration, will hold a sobriety checkpoint Saturday at Md. 140 and Bethel Road.

The sobriety checkpoint, also known as a DUI checkpoint, is being held to help apprehend drivers under the influence of alcohol, while also educating those on the road about DUI laws, according to a news release from the state police.

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"The Maryland State Police wishes all a safe and sober Independence Day weekend and reminds all citizens that if you plan on consuming alcoholic beverages, you should also plan on having a sober designated driver. We encourage everyone to obey all traffic laws to make our roads safer for everyone," the agency said in the release.

The Fireworks Safety Press Conference is held by the fire marshal each year prior to the Fourth of July holiday as a reminder of just how dangerous illegal, and even legal, fireworks can be, especially in the "festive" setting of the holiday.

Last year, troopers from the Westminster Barrack charged six drivers with driving under the influence between July 1-4, said Sgt. DaVaughn Parker with Maryland State Police.

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The Westminster Police Department also will have enhanced presence over the holiday weekend for DUI enforcement, Chief Jeff Spaulding said.

Westminster police made two DUI arrests between July 1-4 in 2016, Spaulding said.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Office will not have any grant-funded saturation patrols, but deputies on the roads will be looking for signs of impaired drivers, Cpl. Jon Light said in an email.

Last year, deputies made three DUI arrests between July 1-4, Light said.

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Light urged in his email that those who decide to drink over the weekend ensure they have a sober ride.

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