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Police Announce DUI Checkpoint

The checkpoint will be held in the northern part of Anne Arundel County on Sept. 28.

Anne Arundel County police will be conducting a driving under the influence (DUI) checkpoint in the northern part of the county on Friday, Sept. 28.

Police said the checkpoint will be conducted along Ritchie Highway near 11th and Townsend avenues in Brooklyn Park.

Increased patrols and DUI checkpoints prove to be effective in reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes, said police. Some research shows that crashes involving alcohol drop significantly when well-publicized checkpoints are conducted.

According to a police press release, previous checkpoints in Anne Arundel County resulted in 397 arrests for DUI and 109 arrests for drug offenses.

Police also said officers will be conducting enforcement focusing on speeding, and aggressive and distracted driving. 

Citizens can report drivers acting in a reckless manner by calling 911 or 410-222-8610 (non-emergency number) and providing a description of the vehicle, a tag number and location.

funnyguy September 21, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Not fair at all, its like we live under the thumb of the big reigning police force and security. Why should I have to prove myself innocent? I am sick and tired of "security" in this country stomping all over everything.
Tammy Spano September 21, 2012 at 06:16 PM
If you don't drive drunk you don't have to worry.
lori clyburn September 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Yes, you do have to worry. You're still going to be stopped and questioned, as funnyguy stated. You have to prove your innocence.
Timber September 22, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Most people believe that you are required to answer any and all questions presented to you by the police. This is false. It is true that you may be required to produce your papers, but having a conversation with police is not a requirement of any encounter with police, ever. Since probable cause is never the reason for the checkpoint stop this leaves 2 other possible reasons to maintain the detainment. They are by way of a warrant or by consent. Warrants are never required for dui checkpoints as long as the police follow the guidelines handed down from Little v. State, 479 A. 2d 903 - Md: Court of Appeals (1984) . This leaves the only reason for the continuation of detaining you, which is by way of your consent. Any further detentions after the police conduct their "plain view" and smell test, etc. requires your CONSENT. Little v. State, 479 A. 2d 903 - Md: Court of Appeals (1984) “Adequate advance warning of the checkpoint is given; motorists who do not wish to stop may make a U-turn and follow a different route. Moreover, A DRIVER WHO STOPS AT THE CHECKPOINT BUT REFUSES TO ROLL DOWN THE CAR WINDOW IS ALLOWED TO PROCEED. The stops themselves last less than a half a minute. Officers do not interrogate motorists or search their vehicles.”
Bwright October 06, 2012 at 06:06 PM
They need to be doing checkpoints for child carseats and boosters near the elementary schools in the afternoons. I see dozens of parents every day that are not securing the kids or not securing them properly.

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