Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight; Choose a Sober Driver

During the holiday season, there are many celebrations where people choose to drink alcohol.  The Montgomery County Police Department is again reminding motorists to have a plan, drive responsibly, and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, December 16, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland State Police, Gaithersburg Police Department, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, and Maryland Natural Resources Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint.  Tonight’s sobriety checkpoint will also be the first time that the Maryland State Police Mobile Breath Alcohol Testing Truck is utilized to assist law enforcement officers test, verify, and arrest drunk drivers at a DUI checkpoint.

This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.  In addition to the checkpoint, Montgomery County Police Alcohol Holiday Task Force officer will be patrolling roadways tonight and will be devoting their full time and attention to detecting alcohol-related offenses.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance.

What: Sobriety Checkpoint

Where: Undisclosed Location

When: Friday – December 16 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

NOTE TO MEDIA: The media is welcome to attend the roll call held at 10:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Headquarters and is welcome to be present at the checkpoint.  To make arrangements to attend, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030 and press option 4, or contact Lieutenant David Mcbain at 240-876-1881.

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Officer Noah Leotta Memorial Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight

The Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint tonight (September 1) from approximately 10:00 pm to 1:30 am tomorrow in memory of fallen Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta.

On December 3, 2015, Officer Leotta was working as a member of the annual Holiday Alcohol Task Force (a team of officers devoted to detecting alcohol-related offenses during the holiday season).  He was conducting a traffic stop when he was struck by a drunk driver.  On December 10, 2015, Officer Leotta succumbed to injuries sustained during that collision.

Officers from the Gaithersburg Police Department, the Rockville City Police Department, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Department, and deputy sheriffs from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office will also be participating in this sobriety checkpoint.  Maryland State Police troopers will be supporting these efforts by conducting a separate sobriety checkpoint at another location in Montgomery County.

Prior to the start of the sobriety checkpoint, officers will attend a roll call where they will be addressed by Noah Leotta’s father, Rich Leotta, MCPD Chief Tom Manger, Director of the MCPD Traffic Division Captain Tom Didone, and a representative from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP).

Drivers who pass through this sobriety checkpoint will receive cards (see example below) that include Officer Leotta’s photograph and contain a message reminding drivers of the importance of always making a plan to have a safe and sober ride.  These cards also bring to life the dangerous and deadly consequences of impaired driving.

The Department continues to provide drunk driving prevention information to the public and is committed to enforcing impaired-driving laws. In doing so, Department members honor the life of Officer Noah Leotta.  On October 1, Noah’s Law will become effective in Maryland.  The law, named after Officer Noah Leotta, expands Maryland’s ignition interlock program and increases driver license suspension periods for individuals arrested for impaired driving.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The media is welcome to attend the roll call held at 8:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Headquarters and is welcome to be present at the checkpoint.  The location of the checkpoint will not be announced in advance.  To make arrangements to attend, please call the Public Information Office at 240-773-5030, press option 4.

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Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight; Choose a Sober Driver

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With the end of summer approaching and the celebrations that often occur during this time of the year, the Montgomery County Police Department continues to remind motorists to drive responsibly and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, August 26, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint. This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

 

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance. The checkpoint times are approximate.

WHAT: Sobriety Checkpoint

WHERE: Undisclosed Location

WHEN: Friday – August 26 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

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Sobriety Checkpoint Tonight; Choose a Sober Driver

DontdrinkanddriveWith the warmer weather and the celebrations that often occur in the summer months, the Montgomery County Police Department continues to remind motorists to drive responsibly and choose a sober driver.

Tonight, July 15, officers from the Montgomery County Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint. This enforcement is a component of the Department’s continuing effort to curb impaired driving and underage drinking.

The exact location of the checkpoint will not be disclosed in advance. The checkpoint times are approximate.

WHAT: Sobriety Checkpoint

WHERE: Undisclosed Location

WHEN: Friday – July 15 (beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m.)

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