Over the holidays people tend to drink alcohol a bit more freely. The police are well aware of this upswing in drunk driving incidences and often set up checkpoints or saturation points to stop DUI offenders in their tracks. In Hartford County, these checkpoints are being credited with 4 arrests over a 2 day period.
Checkpoints are set up in random areas across the state where law enforcement agencies come together to prevent drunk driving tragedies. State Troopers and local police often work together to make operations like this run as smoothly as possible.
According to the Baltimore Sun, a two day saturation patrol ended in more than 100 warnings and citations in addition to the 4 DUI arrests. They also state two arrests were made unrelated to driving while intoxicated.
With holiday parties, football, and friendly gatherings drinking seems to be more common at this time of year. Unfortunately, it seems that there is always a holiday drunk driving tragedy in the news, where an accident claims the life of someone who was traveling home for the holidays or shopping for those last few gifts.
Police and other organizations seek to minimize the occurrences of these Christmastime tragedies by taking preventative measures like the saturation points. By randomly stopping vehicles, they aren’t only taking those drunk drivers off the road, but possibly deterring others from getting behind the wheel in the first place.
But it is certainly questionable whether these is an effective use of police resources, as opposed to regular patrols. A case can be made that stopping every car looking for possible drunk drivers means there are less patrols on the road watching for seriously impaired people weaving across the road.
Regardless, if you are stopped for DUI you are facing some serious consequences. For many people, a single DUI can be a life changing experience. For others, a second and third offense with stricter penalties seems to be the wakeup call required.
No matter how many times you have been before a judge for a DUI, it will still make you nervous and add stress to your life. If you are facing DUI charges in the state of Maryland, you need the assistance of an aggressive defense attorney.
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