MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police Department has been granted a Superior Court Petition to conduct a sobriety checkpoint April 22 and 23. The sobriety checkpoint is the most effective method of detecting and apprehending an impaired driver.
The program, approved by the NH Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support these checkpoints which will be conducted in Manchester.
As part of the grant, police departments must notify the public that a checkpoint will be in place.
A review of records has shown that the use of alcohol by individuals who operate motor vehicles has resulted in an alarming number of deaths and personal injury accidents, and has been on the rise.
The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard has taken an aggressive stance to prevent persons from driving when intoxicated. New Hampshire has some of the most aggressive laws in the country to fight the intoxicated driver and the law enforcement community will use those tools to their full extent.
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