State Police to Conduct ‘Sobriety Checkpoint’ in Area

Massachusetts State Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Saturday and into Sunday “on a public way” in Essex County, according to a statement from Colonel Timothy P. Alben, superintendent.

A grant provided by the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security supports an ongoing series of State Police sobriety checkpoints in counties across the Commonwealth. A similar checkpoint was conducted last weekend in Middlesex County. The actual Essex County location was not disclosed.

“The purpose 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 from our roadways. It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.”