August 29, 2012
Keene Sobriety Checkpoint
As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the New Hampshire State Police applied for, and was granted, a Superior Court Petition 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 checkpoints such as this one, which will be conducted in Keene.
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 Keene Police Department, will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Keene area during the first two weeks of September.
The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to deter, detect and apprehend the impaired driver. New Hampshire State Police Troop-C Commander, Lt. Jerome A. Maslan, Cheshire County Attorney Peter Heed, and Keene Police Chief Kenneth Meola 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 Friday, August 31, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the Cheshire County Attorney’s office.
September 6, 2012 - UPDATE
On September 1, 2012, New Hampshire State Police - Troop C, in conjunction with the Keene Police Department, conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Main Street in the city of Keene. During the checkpoint, law enforcement screened a total of 124 vehicles, yielding the following results:
- 2 arrests for Driving While Intoxicated
- 5 Minor in Possession of Alcohol arrests
- 3 Open Container violations
In addition to the arrests and summonses noted above, there were 11 motor vehicle violation warnings issued.
The New Hampshire State Police is committed to using the Sobriety Checkpoint as a tool to deter, detect and apprehend the impaired driver.
This program is approved and supported by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.