Maryland State Police

CECIL COUNTY — Troopers from the Maryland State Police North East Barrack and deputies from the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, with the assistance of the State Highway Administration, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday night in Cecil County, officials reported Thursday.

Along with the checkpoint, troopers will reportedly be conducting impaired driving saturation patrols over the entire weekend — one that follows graduation ceremonies for Cecil County’s high schools and is popular for graduation parties.

The deterrent effect of both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-related crashes, officials stated in a press release. Research shows crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20% when publicized DUI checkpoints and proactive DUI patrols are conducted routinely.

DUI checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence, officials reported.

Citizens are asked to always drive sober, or have a designated driver. If one is not available, use a taxi or other car service.

MSP has previously issued these tips for anyone who plans to attend a gathering where drinking may be involved:

• Designate your sober driver in advance and give that person your car keys.

• If you’re planning on driving, avoid drinking.

• Consider using public transportation, call a taxi or use a ride-share service if you don’t have a sober driver.

• Don’t let a friend drive if you think he or she is impaired.

• If you see someone who you believe is driving impaired, call police.

• Always buckle up.

• Don’t text. Don’t use a cellphone that is not hands-free. Don’t drive distracted.

As for people planning to host a gathering, MSP officials issued these tips and bits of information:

• You can be held liable if someone you served alcohol ends up in an impaired-driving crash.

• Serve plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages

• Ensure sober drivers or alternative modes of transportation are set up in advance for guests who are planning to drink alcoholic beverages.

• Have contact information for local taxi companies readily available.

• Take away the keys from anyone who is thinking of driving impaired.

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