Sobriety checkpoint scheduled by Manchester Police   

Police say they will aggressively prevent drivers from operating under the influence.

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MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police announce a sobriety checkpoint has been scheduled for July 20-July 21.

As a result of the increasing incidences of drinking and driving, the Manchester Police Department applied for and was granted a Superior Court Petition to conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint, considered an effective method of detecting and apprehending the impaired operator.

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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.

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. Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in Manchester, the Manchester Police Department will be conducting a Sobriety Checkpoint in the Manchester area on Thursday, July 20, 2017 and Friday, July 21, 2017.

The purpose of the Sobriety Checkpoint is to detect and apprehend the impaired driver. Manchester Police Chief 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.