NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

July 13, 2013

Sobriety checkpoints next week in Seabrook

BY ANGELJEAN CHIARAMIDA
STAFF WRITER

---- — SEABROOK — Law enforcement authorities will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Seabrook during the week of July 15, according to a press release issued yesterday by the New Hampshire State Police.

According to State Police Troop A Commander, Lt. Christopher Vetter, the sobriety checkpoint is one of the most effective methods of detecting and apprehending the impaired driver and is being employed because of increasing incidents of drinking and driving in the state.

“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,” Vetter wrote in the press release. “Therefore, in an effort to maintain safe roads in Seabrook, ....Troop A, along with the Seabrook Police Department and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint. 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.”

The program, which is approved by the N.H. Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, provides federal highway safety funds to support the cost of conducting this checkpoint.

In order to conduct the checkpoint, the State Police, in cooperation with the Seabrook Police and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department, applied for and were granted a superior court petition.