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No arrests at Maryland DUI checkpoint on NASCAR race weekend

At the beginning of June, a NASCAR race took place in a neighboring state. Due to the close proximity of the race to Maryland, a DUI checkpoint was set up to discourage people from driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs. A DNR officer, troopers and sheriff's deputies operated the checkpoint.

Officers stopped 243 vehicles during the time it was active on the day of the race. Of those drivers, officers were unsure about the capacity of six drivers. Additional testing was administered to those drivers. None of the drivers who went through the checkpoint that day were taken into custody. One driver received a citation, but it was not for being impaired.

The Maryland State Highway Administration funded this particular checkpoint, and another state agency assisted law enforcement with the set-up and with directing traffic. These checkpoints are set up throughout the state before and/or after holidays and special events where alcohol consumption could be an issue. Even though no one was arrested this time, law enforcement officers do arrest drivers at these DUI checkpoints. When that happens, the drivers could face penalties such as the loss of their driver's license, fines and jail time.

Of course, just because someone is arrested for DUI does not mean that he or she is guilty. Mistakes can be made in the administration of field sobriety tests, and blood alcohol content testing such as breath and blood tests can be handled incorrectly. As part of an individual's defense, he or she may question whether all impairment testing was administered correctly and that proper procedures were followed to protect the individual's rights.

Source: stardem.com, "Race weekend sobriety checks yield no intoxicated drivers", , June 6, 2014

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