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For Immediate Release
August 25, 2017
For more information contact:
Staff Sergeant Victor G. Muzzey

Sobriety Checkpoint, Bristol

The New Hampshire State Police along with the Bristol Police Department continue to see a high number of alcohol-related motor vehicle incidents within the town of Bristol and surrounding communities.

In a continued effort to decrease the incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police applied for and was granted a Superior Court Order to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint. The Sobriety Checkpoint is an effective method of detecting and apprehending impaired drivers. The program, approved by the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support this checkpoint. Through collaborative efforts between The New Hampshire State Police and the Bristol Police Department, Bristol has been identified as an area where a Sobriety Checkpoint would prove to be effective.

A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in a consistent number of deaths and personal injury accidents. The number of Driving Under the Influence arrests made in the Lakes Region continues to be high. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in the area, the New Hampshire State Police, Troop F, in conjunction with the Bristol Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the town of Bristol during the week of August 27th, 2017 through September 3rd, 2017.

The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. Lieutenant Gary Prince, Commander-Troop F, New Hampshire State Police, as well as Chief Michael F. Lewis, Chief of Police, Bristol Police Department, have taken an aggressive stance toward preventing persons from driving while intoxicated and this Sobriety Checkpoint is one of the tools that are utilized in that effort.

Further information may be obtained at a Press Conference to be held at the Bristol Police Department located at 230 Lake Street, Bristol, NH on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1:00p.m.

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