Sobriety checkpoint scheduled

FRAMINGHAM – Although safe and sober driving is always expected of all motorists in the Commonwealth, vehicular operators in Hampden County will be advised to be more careful than ever next weekend.
State police have announced that a “sobriety checkpoint” will be staged somewhere in the county starting Friday, April 12, and extending into Saturday.
Colonel Timothy P. Alben, the State Police superintendent, said in a press release Friday that the purpose of the effort is to “further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.”
He assures the public that the selection of vehicles to be checked will not be arbitrary and that safety will be assured.
He said that troopers will work to minimize inconvenience to motorists and said that advance notice of the checkpoint is being made “to reduce fear and anxiety.”
The sobriety checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.

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