|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Lieutenant Jerome A. Maslan
|August 21, 2013
Sobriety Checkpoint - Walpole
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police petitioned for, and was granted, Superior Court authorization to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The “Sobriety Checkpoint” is an effective method of deterring, detecting and apprehending the impaired operator.
The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support these checkpoints, which will be conducted in Walpole.
A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in an alarming number of deaths and personal injury accidents. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in Cheshire County, the New Hampshire State Police, in conjunction with the Walpole Police Department, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Walpole area around the end of August and/or in early September.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to deter, detect and apprehend the impaired driver. New Hampshire State Police Troop C Commander, Lieutenant Jerome A. Maslan, Cheshire County Attorney Chris McLaughlin, and Walpole Police Chief Michael Paquette have taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving while intoxicated. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and the law enforcement community will use those tools to their full extent.
A PRESS CONFERENCE will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 10:00 AM at the Cheshire County Attorney’s office.