Jul 282014
 

Upward of 500 cars and drivers are processed at a state police sobriety checkpointWellesley Police

Upward of 500 cars and drivers are processed at a state police sobriety checkpoint

If you’re a regular reader of The Groton Line, you know that we run short news releases from the Massachusetts State Police every few weeks, giving notice that a “sobriety checkpoint” will be operating somewhere in Middlesex County the coming weekend. The most recent ran last week.

After that post, and the last couple of times we’ve published the information, a few readers have asked questions about the checkpoints, and we went looking for the answers.

Lieutenant Daniel Richard, spokesman for the state police, explained that his department has to publicize a checkpoint at least three days ahead of time.

This last weekend, the Middlesex County checkpoint was set up on State Route 16 in Everett from Friday evening into Saturday morning. How many people, or cars, are looked at?

“It’s usually five to six hundred, depending on the road. A busy road, it could be more; a not so busy road, maybe less,” Richard said.

He said that the Everett checkpoint yielded:

  • 16 Operating Under the Influence arrests
  • 81 Motor Vehicle citations
  • 6 Criminal summons
  • 3 arrests for operating with a suspended license